Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye on Friday welcomed the resumption of U.S. financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, describing the move as “an important step in the right direction.”
The U.S. decision “is an important step in the right direction to reshape the (Palestinian) relationship with the U.S. government, which stopped during Trump’s term in the White House,” Ishtaye said in a statement.
On Thursday, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that Washington was resuming assistance programs to the Palestinian people, starting with a 15-million-U.S.-dollar grant allocated to the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
Greenfield also said the Biden administration will be taking “steps to reopen diplomatic channels of communication that were halted during the last administration,” according to the WAFA.
The Palestinian Authority severed its diplomatic ties with the United States after former U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel in December 2017.