Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to accept a phone call from U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken in mid-February, about 1.5 months ago, Kan reported on Thursday.
Abbas reportedly turned down Blinken's phone call due to him wanting to talk with U.S. President Joe Biden directly - a demand that has yet to be satisfied.
Kan added that U.S. and Palestinian officials are currently working on setting up a phone call between Blinken and PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh.
Hussein al-Sheikh, a senior member of the PA administration, has also been mentioned as a possible interlocutor for Blinken in Abbas' stead.
In the run-up to the November 2020 elections in the U.S., the Palestinians placed their bets on Biden after their ties with Washington went sour under former President Donald Trump.
One reason for the deteriorating relationship between Washington and Ramallah was the Trump administration's Peace to Prosperity plan for resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which the Palestinian Authority elected to ignore.
Now, the Biden administration is seeking to rebuild trust with the Palestinians, reportedly allocating some $75 million for economic assistance to the West Bank as well as the Gaza Strip.
Article republished with permission from i24NEWS