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Associated Press highlights Blinken's announcement of intent to reopen the Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem

The Associated Press highlighted the announcement by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday that the United States will reopen its consulate in Jerusalem in a move that will restore relations with the Palestinians, after the administration of former US President Donald Trump worked to undermine them.

The US agency stated that the consulate has always acted as an independent office responsible for diplomatic relations with the Palestinians, but Trump reduced the level of its operations and placed it under the authority of the US ambassador to Israel when he moved the embassy to occupied Jerusalem.

Trump's move angered the Palestinians, who consider East Jerusalem as an occupied territory and the capital of their future state.

Blinken did not give an exact date to reopen the consulate, and announced the move after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

He said, "As I told the president, I am here to affirm the United States' commitment to rebuilding the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people, a relationship based on mutual respect as well as on the shared conviction that Palestinians and Israelis alike deserve equal security, freedom, opportunity and dignity."

Blinken is visiting the region to help support the ceasefire brokered by Egypt last week, which ended the devastating 11-day war between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza, and the fighting killed more than 250 people, most of them Palestinians, and caused widespread damage in Gaza. Poor coastal area.

The foreign minister promised to "mobilize international support" to help Gaza in the aftermath of the war. He later announced $ 40 million in aid to the Palestinians, including $ 5.5 million in emergency aid to Gaza. This brings the total US aid to the Palestinians under the Biden administration to more than $ 360 million after the Trump administration cut off nearly all aid to them.