PA President Asks U.S. to Hold Off on Appointing Special Envoy to Palestinians

(Times of Israel) Jacob Magid - The U.S. planned to announce that Hady Amr, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, would be elevated to the role of special envoy to the Palestinians before President Biden's upcoming trip to Israel. As part of Amr's new portfolio, he would visit the region regularly and work closely with the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU), currently a branch within the U.S. Embassy to Israel housed at the old U.S. consulate building in Jerusalem, which would start reporting directly to Amr in Washington. However, during a phone call with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on May 31, PA President Mahmoud Abbas did not respond well to the proposals and asked Blinken to hold off on announcing them. "These proposals are band-aid solutions," a Palestinian official said.

2022-06-13 00:00:00

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