Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond urges Mahmoud Abbas to reduce tensions

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Hammond 1Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond MP today condemned recent terror attacks on Israeli citizens, describing their effect as “appalling” and called on Palestinian Authority President Abbas to “reduce tensions”.

In an answer to a written question, the Foreign Secretary said that during discussions with President Abbas on 9th October, he “urged him to do everything in his power to reduce tensions and restore calm”.

Mr Hammond said: “Her Majesty’s Consul General in Jerusalem has also pressed several senior Palestinian figures on the need to de-escalate the current tension”.

He asserted: “I strongly condemn the recent terrorist attacks. The effect that they are having on innocent civilians is appalling. I also strongly condemn all incitement to commit acts of violence by both sides”.

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