Kerry lauds Hamdallah appointment as new PA prime minister

June 3, 2013 06:11

US Secretary of State John Kerry praised the the appointment of Rami Hamdallah as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority on Sunday, urging a return to negotiations for a two-state solution.

In a congratulatory statement, Kerry said Hamdallah's appointment "comes at a moment of challenge, which is also an important moment of opportunity."

"Together, we can choose the path of a negotiated two-state settlement that will allow Palestinians to fulfill their legitimate aspirations, and continue building the institutions of a sovereign and independent Palestinian state that will live in peace, security, and economic strength alongside Israel," Kerry said in the statement after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asked Hamdallah to head a new government.

Kerry also lauded the "extraordinary contributions" of outgoing prime minister Salam Fayyad to Palestinian institutions.

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