Hady Amr
Hady Amr U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

The Biden Administration has appointed Hady Amr to a newly-created position focusing on improving America's relationship with the Palestinian Authority, Barak Ravid reported for Axios.

The administration informed Congress of the move today (Tuesday), according to State Department officials. The position will be the highest ranked position dedicated to 'Palestinian Affairs' at the State Department.

“The Washington-based Special Representative for Palestinian Affairs will engage closely with the Palestinians and their leadership and, together with Ambassador [Thomas] Nides and his team, continue to engage with Israel on Palestinian-related issues," a State Department official said.

The move represents an attempt by the administration to upgrade its relationship and restore trust with the PA, which has turned away from the US since former President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem in December 2017.

The Trump Administration also closed the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington DC in 2018 after the Palestinian Authority attempted to have the International Criminal Court investigate Israel.

The State Department said that Amr's position signals the administrations' commitment to the Two State Solution and to reopening its consulate to the PA in Jerusalem.

Hady Amr has served as Deputy Assistant US Secretary for Israel-Palestinian Affairs under the Biden Administration.