Blinken Says US to Move Forward with Reopening US Consulate in Al-Quds
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration will move forward with plans to reopen the US Consulate General in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) which will resume diplomatic ties with the Palestinians in the West Bank.
“The United States will be moving forward with the process to reopen our consulate in Jerusalem”, Blinken said during a joint press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
Blinken said there is no timeline on when the US Consulate General in Al-Quds will officially be open.
The Trump administration recognized Al-Quds as the Zionist entity’s so-called ‘capital’ and moved the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.
The Palestinians cut off most diplomatic ties with the United States as a result of the Trump administration’s decision to merge the consulate with the US Embassy.
Before the Trump era, the US Consulate General in Al-Quds served as a de facto embassy for the Palestinians.