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Joe Biden restored humanitarian aid to Palestine and reiterated his support for the “two-state solution”

US President Joe Biden (EFE / EPA / OLIVER CONTRERAS)
US President Joe Biden (EFE / EPA / OLIVER CONTRERAS)

The government of the president of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Wednesday the resumption of humanitarian, economic and development aid for the Palestinians, after it was held back during the administration of its predecessor, Donald Trump (2017-2021).

“President Biden he also affirmed that the United States supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “the White House said in a statement about a phone call between the president and King Abdullah of Jordan on Wednesday.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, also reported in a statement from the Reactivation of US support for the programs of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) not only in Gaza and the West Bank, but also in countries where it serves displaced people such as Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

Specifically, the US Executive will allocate 150 million dollars in humanitarian aid for UNRWA; $ 75 million for assistance to Gaza and the West Bank, and $ 10 million for peacebuilding programs, which it will channel through its Agency for International Development (USAID).

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Alaska on March 19, 2021 (Frederic J. Brown / Pool via REUTERS / File)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Alaska on March 19, 2021 (Frederic J. Brown / Pool via REUTERS / File)

Blinken detailed that all these funds are in addition to the $ 15 million the Biden Administration announced in February to support Palestinians during the COVID-19 pandemic and tackle food insecurity in the area.

“The US is deeply committed to ensuring that our collaboration with UNRWA promotes neutrality, accountability and transparency“Blinken said.

The Foreign Minister stressed that the foreign aid that his country is going to allocate to the Palestinians “serves the important interests and values ​​of the United States.”

“It provides vital relief to those most in need, fosters economic development and supports understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, security coordination and stability ”, listed.

And Blinken also urged, in addition, to move towards a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two-state solution.

FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the second 2020 campaign debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee (REUTERS / Mike Segar)
FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the second 2020 campaign debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee (REUTERS / Mike Segar)

The approach of the Biden administration is in line with the historical position of the United States on the issue but contrasts with that of Trump, who focused his strategy for the Middle East on measures and proposals frontally rejected by the Palestinian authorities, and that included historic agreements between Arab countries and Israel that have changed the regional paradigm of the conflict.

The decisions of the previous US Government led the Palestinian National Authority to break relations with Washington, especially as a result of the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel against the international consensus.

The Biden Executive has already made it clear on numerous occasions that he wants to repair those relationships and that it is committed to a two-state solution, in line with what the majority of the international community defends. But this is the first time that the president himself mentions it in an official capacity and in dialogue with a head of state in the region.

With information from AFP and EFE

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