Former US President Donald Trump reduced his functioning. He placed this embassy under the authority of his ambassador to Israel.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (PTI) with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Tuesday that the US would reopen its Consulate General in Jerusalem. This step is being seen in the direction of resuming relations with Palestinians. During the Trump administration, American relations with the Palestinians had cooled down. This consulate served as an autonomous office for a long time. Apart from this, it played the role of diplomatic relations with the Palestinians.
However, his work was cut down by former US President Donald Trump. He placed this embassy under the authority of his ambassador to Israel and took the embassy to Jerusalem. Palestinians were angered by Trump’s move. They see East Jerusalem as an annexed territory and consider it the capital of their future kingdom. However, Blinken has not told when this consulate will be reopened and what the date is going to be.
Announcement after meeting Palestinian President
Blinken met with the President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas at Ramallah. He then announced the opening of the embassy. Considering Abbas’s rivalry with the ruling Hamas extremist organization in Gaza, the US is trying to strengthen Abbas in Gaza. Hamas sees many Western countries, including America, Britain, as a terrorist organization.
What did Blinken say about Palestine?
The US Secretary of State said, as I told the President, that I am here to emphasize America’s resolve to re-establish a relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people. It is a relationship that will be based on mutual respect and the shared belief that Palestinians and Israelis are entitled to equal measures of security, opportunity for freedom, and dignity. Blinken has come to visit the region to strengthen the ceasefire that took place last week. More than 250 people lost their lives during the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas.
US is giving $ 360 million to Palestine
The US foreign minister promised to ‘mobilize international cooperation’ to help Gaza against this backdrop of fighting. Later he announced $ 40 million in aid for the Palestinians. There will be emergency assistance of $ 5.5 million for Gaza. In this way, US aid to Palestine in the Biden administration has reached $ 360 million. The Trump administration had stopped almost all aid. Blinken promised that any aid would be kept out of Hamas’ hands, which did not recognize the basis of Israel’s coexistence.
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