Germany: Biden admin offers 'window of opportunity' — Palestinian FM Maliki

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that the incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden offered a «window of opportunity» for the Palestinian Authority, while speaking alongside his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, in Berlin on Tuesday. «We want to take advantage of that window of opportunity in order, really, just to open a new page and we as the Palestinian authority are ready to do so,» said al-Maliki. The Palestinian diplomat added that «we suffered tremendously, as Palestine, from Trump's policies,» before listing actions taken by the Trump administration including recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the US embassy to the city, in a break with international consensus on the disputed city's status. Maas echoed his counterpart's comments, saying that «in view of the developments in the US, no doors should be slammed shut. On the contrary, the time has come to also approach each other again.» The German foreign minister also addressed the recent move to veto the EU's next seven-year budget and coronavirus recovery fund due to efforts to create a new qualified majority sanctions mechanism that would link EU funds to respect for the rule of law. «In the coming hours and days we will sit down with all the parties involved, using all means at our disposal, to find a solution to this,» said Maas, adding that as there was «so much money at stake, that so many countries in the European Union are so desperately in need of and are waiting for,» a «quick solution» was needed.

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