Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas affirmed that “the current US administration’s position is good, and it is with the two-state solution and non-settlement expansion, and against unilateral actions.”
Abbas said, during a meeting at his residence in Cairo, with a number of Egyptian media professionals, that contacts are continuing with the US administration and that it announced its decision to reopen its consulate in East Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian News Agency.
Regarding Hamas, the Palestinian president stressed, “the need for Hamas to recognize international legitimacy.” He said, “If you recognize that legitimacy, we can form a national unity government immediately,” stressing that no Palestinian elections will be held without Jerusalem.
Abbas expressed his rejection of the ideas that he calls for conducting them in Jerusalem by phone or the Internet, stressing that the ballot boxes must be inside Jerusalem, as happened in all previous elections to confirm sovereignty over the land.
The previous US administration headed by Donald Trump had closed the consulate and integrated its work into the activity of the US embassy after it was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.