Palestine welcomes U.S. announcement on restoring ties: senior official

A senior Palestinian official welcomed on Wednesday the announcement of the new U.S. government under President Joe Biden on restoring ties with Palestine.

Sabri Seidam, deputy secretary-general of the central committee of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, told reporters in Ramallah that the Palestinians look forward to restoring ties with Biden administration.

“Restoring ties with the United States has to be based on implementing international law and the United Nations resolutions related to resolving the Palestinian cause,” Seidam said.

Ties between Palestine and the former U.S. government of Donald Trump were severed after the latter recognized in late 2017 Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and encouraged Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank.

On Tuesday, Richard Mills, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council that Biden administration is intending to abolish all Trump’s policies toward the Palestinians.

“Returning to Trump’s plan won’t be accepted by the Palestinians,” Seidam said, adding the Palestinians want to deal with a non-biased U.S. administration and are ready to communicate with it.