United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
November 17, 2021
Readout of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
The below is attributable to U.S. Mission to the United Nations Spokesperson Olivia Dalton:
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh, and other senior officials today in Ramallah to continue efforts to rebuild the U.S.-Palestinian relationship. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield conveyed the Biden Administration’s strong support for a two-state solution and its belief that Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve equal measures of freedom, prosperity, security, and dignity. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reflected on her meetings in the West Bank earlier today, including with students attending the Jalazone UNRWA girls school and Palestinian civil society leaders. The Ambassador highlighted ongoing U.S. efforts to support Palestinian refugees through a more efficient UNRWA that respects humanitarian principles such as neutrality. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield also emphasized the importance of respecting human rights and avoiding actions that undermine the prospects of a two state-solution, such as settlement activity, evictions, incitement to violence, and payments to individuals imprisoned for terrorism.