The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has revealed that the consulate in Jerusalem will be repoened.
Blinken – who gave a public address after meeting with the Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, of the occupied West Bank – said that the move was to ammend the diplomatic relationship between the US and Palestine.
Former US President, Donald Trump, had shown less regard for ties with the nation during his tenure; handing authority of the consulate to the ambassador to Israel at the time; a moved which came as a disgust to Palestinians, who long for East Jerusalem as a future capital of their base.
Prior to Trump’s alteration of US Policy with the move, the consulate had served as an autonomous office in charge of diplomatic relations with Palestine.
Although, Blinken failed to provide a precise date for reopening the consulate, he however stated the importance of restoring a much-needed relationship with Palestine, to provide support after its recent exchange with Israel.
“As I told the president, I’m here to underscore the commitment of the United States to rebuilding the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people, a relationship built on mutual respect and also a shared conviction that Palestinians and Israelis alike deserve equal measures of security, freedom, opportunity and dignity,” he said.