Riyad Al-Maliki
Riyad Al-MalikiIssam Rimawi/Flash 90

In a stark contrast from the last few years of the Trump administration, the Palestinian Authority foreign affairs chief said Saturday that the Palestinian Authority is ready to restart final status negotiations with Israel and the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

"We are ready for cooperation and dealing with the new U.S. administration, and we are expecting that it would re-draw its ties with the state of Palestine,” Riyad al-Malki said, according to an Associated Press report.

Al-Malki made the announcement at a news conference in Cairo with the foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan. He added that the PA would like those two countries to be at the center of the negotiation coordinating process.

The stance signals an expected shift in U.S.-Palestinian Authority relations under Biden. While President Trump’s State Department has cut U.S. aid payments to the Palestinian Authority, Biden has maintained that he would assume a more traditional posture in aiming to negotiate a two-state solution.

In September, Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas called for an international conference to address the ongoing conflict in 2021.