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Palestinian Official: Washington Didn’t Object to Abbas’s Peace Plan

Palestinian Official: Washington Didn’t Object to Abbas’s Peace Plan

Sunday, 11 April, 2021 - 11:30
A graffiti mural on the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, of the late George Floyd who was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis, USA, in May 2020. (AP)

Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad said Saturday that the US administration has begun to move from the stage of rhetoric to action.

Ahmad, who is also a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Central Committee, also affirmed that Washington did not object to the peace plan presented by President Mahmoud Abbas, which is based on holding an international peace conference.

In statements broadcast by the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), Ahmad said the US-Palestinian political contacts are expected to develop soon.

His remarks came only a few days after US President Joe Biden decided to resume financial aid to the Palestinians cut off by then-President Donald Trump.

The step indicates a major change in the new administration’s approach in addressing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It is part of the administration’s “step-by-step” policy taken to restore relations with the Palestinian Authority (PA).

According to Ahmad, restoring financial aid represented an implementation on the ground of the new US political stance.

Biden’s promise to press for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its restored aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) indicate clear humanitarian and political approaches, Ahmad said.

He further hailed the US administration for affirming its commitment to the two-state solution, noting that although contacts between the Palestinians and the Biden administration have resumed, but Palestinians expect these contacts to reach higher levels soon.

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