President Donald Trump has scheduled a phone call Friday with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time, according to an official schedule released by the White House. The phone call is supposed to take place at 12:15 P.M. EST (7:15 P.M. Israel time).
"Later in the morning, the President will speak with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority by telephone," the release stated on Thursday, Sputnik News reported.
This will be the first time Trump will have a conversation with the Palestinian president. The Palestinian officials complained for the last two months that they have failed to establish contact with the Trump administration after he took office in January.
This phone call has been scheduled days before Jason Greenblatt is expected to meet with Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in separate meetings. Greenblatt is one of Trump’s trusted diplomatic advisers and a special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process who will meet the leaders in his first ever visit to the Israel Palestine region, according to Haaretz.
After Trump's election victory he mentioned quite a number of times about successfully achieving what he calls "the ultimate deal" in order to regain peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Trump met with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month in Washington and this issue was discussed where Trump told Netanyahu that " both sides will have to make concessions" in order to reach peace.
Trump had hinted during this election campaign that after becoming president, he would provide staunch support to Netanyahu and his allies in Israel. He said that he would also support Israel's settlement building activity in the West Bank, move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and scrap the Iran nuclear deal, according to the New York Times.
Trump has already had conversations with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and other countries in the region and after the phone call on Friday, Abbas will be one among the last Arab leaders to speak with the president, Haaretz reported.