Palestinian President Abbas congratulates Joe Biden

Palestinian President Abbas congratulates Joe Biden
The Palestinians have been holding out for a change of US president for three years, hoping for a chance to hit the reset button on relations with Washington. (File/AFP)
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Updated 08 November 2020

Palestinian President Abbas congratulates Joe Biden

Palestinian President Abbas congratulates Joe Biden
  • “I look forward to working with the President-elect and his administration to strengthen the Palestinian-American relations,” he said

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden in a statement that indicated the Palestinian leadership would drop its three-year political boycott of the White House.
“I congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his victory as President of the United States of America for the coming period, and I congratulate his elected Vice President Kamala Harris,” Abbas said in a statement issued from his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
It added: “I look forward to working with the President-elect and his administration to strengthen the Palestinian-American relations and to achieve freedom, independence, justice and dignity for our people, as well as to work for peace, stability and security for all in our region and the world.”
The Palestinians have been holding out for a change of US president for three years, hoping for a chance to hit the reset button on relations with Washington.
Abbas ended all political dealings with President Donald Trump’s administration after Trump’s December 2017 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US Embassy there.


Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur

Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur
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Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur

Death toll now 130 in tribal conflict in Darfur

JEDDAH: The death toll in a new tribal conflict in Sudan rose to 130 on Monday as clashes in West Darfur spread south.
At least 47 people were killed in South Darfur after 83 died and tens of thousands were displaced in West Darfur in the previous two days. It was the worst violence since a peace agreement last October raised hopes of an end to years of war.
Sudan has been undergoing a fragile transition since the removal from power of dictator Omar Bashir in April 2019 after mass protests against his rule.
The new bloodshed followed the end of the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur on Dec. 31.
The aid group Save the Children warned: “In the chaos, we fear many children will have been separated from their parents, and will now be at risk of exploitation.” Its Sudan country director Arshad Malik said the many wounded had overwhelmed health centers, and injured and dying people were lying on the floors and corridors of hospitals.
“We call on all parties to the violence in West Darfur to lay down their arms immediately, before the situation gets out of control,” he said.
Authorities in Khartoum said they had sent a delegation to contain the situation. The UN secretary-general’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric urged them to “bring an end to the fighting.”