PA says it conveyed to Biden administration interest in return to peace talks

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki tells the Mediterranean Dialogues Forum that the PA is willing to return to negotiations with Israel on the basis of international law resolutions.

“We are committed to a two-state solution, negotiations without preconditions, on the basis of international law,” al-Maliki says, adding later that the PA has passed the message along to US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.

Al-Maliki expressed cautious optimism about a Biden presidency, although he acknowledges that the Palestinian cause was unlikely to be a top priority.

“At the same time, we know that the Biden administration is likely to be focused on internal rather than external matters,” al-Maliki says.

Al-Maliki adds that Ramallah is seeking to purchase a coronavirus vaccine from several European countries, without elaborating.

Aaron Boxerman