Wednesday, January 21, 2009

TomerDevorah: Presidential Phone Call

According to the following news item, Abbas was Obama's "first" phone call to a foreign head of state.

Obama Vows "Durable" Mideast Peace In Abbas Phone Call

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP)--U.S. President Barack Obama promised to work toward a "durable peace" in the Middle East during a phone call to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, Palestinian officials said.

Obama called the Palestinian leader a day after taking the oath of office and assured him that he intended "to work with him as partners to establish a durable peace in the region," Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP.

Obama told Abbas that the president was the first foreign leader he called since taking office, Rudeina said.

Hey! Wasn't Abbas' term supposed to end on January 9th? What's with that?