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US congratulates new Palestinian government

AFP  |  Washington 

The congratulated the new Palestinian Sunday, a day after announced his new cabinet alongside -- leaving out the Islamist movement

"Congratulations to the new Palestinian Authority Cabinet," tweeted Jason Greenblatt, and

"With the experience of those on the list, we hope we will be able to work together toward peace and improving Palestinian lives. It's time for a new chapter."

Several key positions were unchanged from the previous administration of

Analysts say the change of was made to further isolate Hamas, which has been at odds with the party of Abbas and Shtayyeh for more than a decade.

They say 84-year-old Abbas, in power since 2005, retains the real decision-making authority.

In a statement late Saturday, Abbas confirmed the new and welcomed the cabinet. It includes many of his longtime allies and members of Fatah, though several smaller factions are also represented.

It comes as the is expected to finally publish a long-delayed peace plan.

The contents remain closely guarded, but Palestinians have reason to fear it will be skewed toward

Since coming to power, Trump has proven to be perhaps the most pro-American in history, breaking with decades of international consensus to recognize as the country's capital and Israel's control over the

The peace plan is being developed by Trump's Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew whose close family ties to have heightened Palestinian suspicions over whether the can serve as an honest

US officials have only revealed vague outlines of what the plan might propose, but has suggested it could break abruptly with precedent.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 05:15 IST