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Abbas meets US’ Blinken in Ramallah, rejects displacement of Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected any attempts to displace Palestinians during his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the West Bank on Wednesday.

Blinken arrived in Ramallah on Wednesday as part of a regional tour that started with Türkiye for talks on the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

“We will not allow the displacement of any Palestinian whether in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank,” Abbas said during the meeting as cited by the state news agency Wafa.

The Palestinian leader warned against Israeli measures for displacing the Palestinians from their lands.

“The Gaza Strip is an integral part of the Palestinian state,” he stressed.

Several Israeli officials have called for the displacement of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip amid a deadly Israeli offensive on the seaside enclave.

Talks between Abbas and Blinken also covered the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and Israeli violence in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Blinken reiterated the US stance that all Palestinian tax revenues collected by Israel should be continuously transferred to the Palestinian Authority, the Wafa news agency reported.

The chief diplomat also affirmed support for taking tangible steps to establish a Palestinian state to live in peace and security with Israel.

Abbas is scheduled to fly to Jordan later Wednesday to attend a 3-way Arab summit with the leaders of Jordan and Egypt.

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