Shtayyeh urges US to hurry and reopen Jerusalem consulate

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Shtayyeh urges US to hurry and reopen Jerusalem consulate
In 2019, the consulate was formally integrated into the US Embassy, which was relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
SEPTEMBER 4, 2021

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Friday called on the US administration to speed up the reopening of the US Consulate General in Jerusalem that had handled direct contacts with the Palestinians. Shtayyeh’s call came during a meeting in Ramallah with a US delegation that included Chris Murphy (D-CT), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee panel dealing with the Middle East, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Jon Ossoff (D-GA).

In 2019, the consulate was formally integrated into the US Embassy, which was relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestinian officials criticized the decision, which was taken by the administration of former US President Donald Trump. Last May, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that Washington will reopen the consulate. He made the announcement after meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

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