Readout of the Secretary-Generalís telephone call with H.E. Mr. Mahmoud
Abbas, President of the State of Palestine
Thursday, 12 October, 2017
The Secretary-General spoke today with H.E. Mr Mahmoud Abbas, the President
of the State of Palestine. The Secretary-General congratulated the President
on the intra-Palestinian agreement signed earlier today in Cairo.
The Secretary-General was encouraged by the recent progress in allowing the
Palestinian Government to take up its responsibilities in Gaza, and welcomed
the efforts of Egypt to achieve this goal.
He emphasized the continuing need to urgently address the humanitarian
crisis in Gaza, particularly with regard to the electricity crisis, and
improved access to and from the territory.
The Secretary-General reiterated that the United Nations stands ready to
continue working with the Palestinian authorities and the region in support
of the Government in assuming its responsibilities in Gaza.
UN Spokesperson New York, 12 October 2017