Readout of Secretary Kerry's Call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
Secretary Kerry spoke with President Abbas yesterday to express his deep concern over the recent wave of violence and offer his support for efforts to restore calm as soon as possible. He reiterated the importance of avoiding further violence and preventing inflammatory rhetoric, accusations and actions that will increase tensions. He made clear that he will continue to follow the situation closely and that the U.S. will remain engaged in efforts to restore calm. To that end, the Secretary conveyed that he hoped to visit the region at the appropriate moment.