Abbas urges Biden to return US consulate in East Jerusalem

Abbas also called for the removal of the Palestine Liberation Organization from the terrorist list. Biden met him as part of his Middle East tour

Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for the reopening of the US consulate in East Jerusalem, reports Reuters. He made this statement in Bethlehem at a press conference following talks with US President Joe Biden.

Abbas also called for the removal of the Palestine Liberation Organization from the terrorist list.

On July 13, Biden began his visit to the Middle East. First he visited Israel. As a result of his visit, Israel and the United States signed a declaration on strategic partnership, which, among other things, implies opposition to Iran on the path to creating nuclear weapons. Biden then held talks with Abbas. After them, the American president will fly to Saudi Arabia, where he will meet with the leaders of several other Arab countries.

Status of East Jerusalem— one of the key problems in relations between Israel and Palestine. The Israelis occupied it during the Six Day War in 1967. They regard Jerusalem as their one and indivisible capital. Palestine believes that the eastern part of the city should become its capital. The international community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem.

In December 2017, Biden's predecessor Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the embassy there from Tel Aviv in May 2018. This caused riots on the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip. In early September 2018, the US also closed the US office of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was founded in 1964. It is a political and militant organization that is the only internationally recognized legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. In various capacities, it has diplomatic relations with more than one country. The United States recognized the PLO as a terrorist organization in 1987, but subsequently the authorities allowed the Americans to contact it.

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