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

  • “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.


Dubai sets stricter rules for inbound visitors as COVID-19 cases surge

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Dubai sets stricter rules for inbound visitors as COVID-19 cases surge

  • UAE nationals are exempt from pre-flight PCR tests but would be required to test upon arrival in Dubai
  • Three vaccines are now being used in the country’s vaccination program

DUBAI: Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said pre-flight PCR tests will be required from all inbound visitors regardless of country of departure as of Jan. 31, state news agency WAM reported.
The committee has also decreased the test’s validity period to 72 hours from the 96 hours, the report added.
Some visitors will also be required to do another PCR test upon arrival, dependent on their country of departure.
Meanwhile, UAE nationals are exempt from pre-flight PCR tests but would be required to test upon arrival in Dubai.
The Gulf country continued to report a record number of daily cases for the 16th day in a row.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday confirmed 3,939 new cases, increasing the total number of infected individuals since the start of the pandemic to 289,086.
The ministry also reported six new COVID-19 deaths and 4,536 recoveries, increasing the death toll to 811 and the number of recovered patients to 263,730.
The UAE also reported that 86,770 doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered on Wednesday, bumping total number of jabs in the country to 2,764,445 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 27.95 doses per 100 people.
Three vaccines are now being used in the country’s vaccination program: those developed by Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech and the Russian Sputnik V.