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US dismisses claims it won’t reopen Jerusalem consulate

Jerusalem24– The US Department of State has dismissed claims that it doesn’t intend to reopen the Jerusalem consulate shuttered by former President Donald Trump in March 2019.

The building served as Washington’s main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians for decades.

As per The Times of Israel, and as quoted by this outlet, unnamed US and Palestinian officials reported on Sunday that in lieu of reopening the building, Washington was planning to appoint the current top State Department diplomat for the region, Hady Amr, as a special envoy to the Palestinians.

However, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a press briefing on Tuesday that he did not have “any personnel announcements to make.”

Price also stated, “We remain committed to opening a consulate in Jerusalem. We continue to believe it can be an important way for our country to engage with and provide support to the Palestinian people. We’re continuing to discuss this with our Israeli and our Palestinian partners.”

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