PA official welcomes resumed US ties, but realizes Palestinians not 1st priority

Ahmad Majdalani tells The Times of Israel that Ramallah is already engaged in unofficial contacts with Washington, which he hopes will soon become official

US Vice President Joseph Biden (left) with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

A senior official in Ramallah on Wednesday welcomed the new US administration’s affirmation of its commitment to a Palestinian state and its announcement of renewed ties with the Palestinians.

“This is a confirmation of their commitment to the peace process and to the return of bilateral relations with the Palestinians,” the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Ahmad Majdalani said in a phone call. Majdalani, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, also serves as minister for social affairs in the Palestinian Authority.