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Newsline: Palestinian president calls on U.S. to reopen consulate in East Jerusalem

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said he was looking forward to U.S. steps to reopen its consulate in East Jerusalem and remove the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from the list of terrorism. Abbas also demanded the reopening of the PLO office in Washington when attending a joint news conference at the end of the meeting with visiting U.S. President Joe Biden in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Abbas noted that “the opportunity for a two-state solution on the 1967 borders may be available today, and we do not know what will happen in the future, and it may not remain for a long time.” The Palestinian leader also called for resolving the Palestinian refugee issue, adding that “this begins with ending the Israeli occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories and establishing the state of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the 1967 borders.” (http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-07/15/content_78325956.htm) During the press conference, Biden announced an additional 200 million U.S. dollars in funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees to continue its critical role in the region.

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