US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesdayin Jordan ahead of the Palestinian president’s meeting with Joe Biden during his visit to the Middle East.

The last meeting between Blinken and Abbas was less than a week ago in Amman and was one of his first meetings on his trip to seven countries in the region. A senior State Department official said Blinken asked Abbas in that meeting “continue to maintain stability in the West Bank».

Abbas made it clear at that meeting that he “is opposed to expelling the Palestinians from Gaza.”

In particular, Mr. Abbas said that “you have to remember the historical context here: Many of the people in Gaza are people who are refugees twice, and there is concern that Palestinians are being forced out of Palestinian territory».