US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the reopening of the Palestinian mission in Washington, DC — shuttered during the Trump era — did not come up during meetings in Ramallah today.
As for the reopening of the US consulate in Jerusalem for the Palestinians, Blinken tells reporters in Jerusalem: “I can’t give you a timeline on how long that will take,” but says it’s important that it eventually reopens.
Blinken also addresses the Iran nuclear talks, as the fifth round of negotiations opens in Vienna. He says the US is keeping its allies, including Israel, fully informed on the progress of the negotiations.
“We have the same objective. Let’s see where things go in the next few weeks, but I can again tell you that we are fully, fully engaged with our partners here in the Middle East, making sure that they’re fully informed of what we’re doing,” says Blinken.
Blinken says the US remains committed to reentering the 2015 nuclear deal, but “the jury is still out” on whether the Iranians will return to compliance with the accord.