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Palestinian Official: 'Deal of Century' Not On Biden’s Agenda

Palestinian Official: 'Deal of Century' Not On Biden’s Agenda

Wednesday, 27 January, 2021 - 06:45
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen in Gaza City, early Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

The Palestinian Authority received indirect messages from the administration of US President Joe Biden confirming that Donald Trump's “Deal of the Century” peace plan is not on its agenda, a Palestinian official said Tuesday.

Ahmed Majdalani, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s government committee and PA minister, announced that the new US administration plans to reopen the PLO offices in Washington and the US consulate in East Jerusalem and it would resume US funds to UNRWA.

The Palestinian official also confirmed that Biden’s administration opposes the annexation plans.

However, Majdalani said that the new US policies do not imply the resumption of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians in the near future, noting that the conflict is not among Biden’s top priorities.

The Palestinian official did not reveal the source of his information.

Currently, the PA relies on the new US administration to restore its relations with Washington and to push for a new peace process in the region.

Biden’s victory has encouraged Palestinians to coordinate with other states to launch an international meeting attended by the four members of the Middle East diplomatic quartet (Russia, the United Nations, the United States, and the European Union), and other states, to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of international law, and under conditions agreed by the international community.

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