Obama Calls Abbas First, Is He Special?

 

President Obama, with Vice President Biden, finishes signing one of his executive orders on his first full day in office.

Obama called Paletinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas first, what does this mean?

From TimesOnline:

President Obama placed the Middle East at the forefront of his first hours in office yesterday as he sought to make good on his promise of “ushering in a new era of peace”.

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The spokesman for President Abbas revealed that Mr Obama had told the Palestinian leader that their conversation was his first with a foreign statesman since taking office. Mr Obama also spoke to President Mubarak of Egypt, Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, and King Abdullah of Jordan.

Via: memeorandum

Photo: By Gerald Martineau — The Washington Post