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Palestine hopeful about US President-elect Biden

Foreign Minister al-Maliki says Biden administration likely to reverse Trump's controversial policies

Ayhan Simsek   | 17.11.2020
Palestine hopeful about US President-elect Biden

BERLIN

Palestine is hopeful that US President-elect Joe Biden will revive the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin, al-Maliki said Palestinians suffered tremendously during the Trump administration, which sided with Israel.

"Now with the new administration in Washington, we see a change, we see a hope, and we want not to be victims of the past," he said, adding that they were ready to openly and positively engage with the Biden administration.

"The new administration believes in the two-state solution [....] the new administration believes that the Deal of the Century should be off the table," he said.

"They talk about reversing most - if not all these actions. And this is really for us an indication that the new administration is different. And that's why we're ready to engage," he added.

Relations between the US and the Palestinians have suffered greatly during the Trump era, as he recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital in 2017 and relocated the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018.

Trump's controversial Deal of the Century, which he revealed in January 2020, was widely criticized for favoring Israel and effectively killing the possibility of a two-state solution.​​​​​​​

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