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PA prime minister: US does not need Israeli permission to reopen consulate

View of the US Consulate building in Jerusalem on October 27, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
View of the US Consulate building in Jerusalem on October 27, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The United States does not need Israel’s “permission” to reopen its consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem, says the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, urging Washington to honor its diplomatic pledges.

President Joe Biden’s administration has said it would reopen the diplomatic mission historically responsible for Palestinian affairs that was closed by his predecessor Donald Trump.

Briefing foreign reporters in Ramallah, Shtayyeh says, “the United States does not need the permission of anybody” to reopen its mission.

“Ramallah is not Jerusalem, and Ramallah is not the capital of Palestine,” Shtayyeh says. “It is our hope that what [the US] promised will be fulfilled.”

Separately, days after the World Bank raised concerns about the PA’s budget deficit, expected to reach $1.36 billion in 2021, Shtayyeh says he asked for help from a US congressional delegation that visited Ramallah today.

“The United States also used to support our budget deficit over the year,” he says. “I did ask them today to really help us with that issue.”

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