U.S. President Joe Biden met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank on Friday for talks expected to focus on economic measures including a significant funding package for hospitals in East Jerusalem.

Biden announced a $100 million aid package for medical institutions in the area as part of a multiyear commitment aimed at helping Palestinian health services.

“These hospitals are the backbone of the Palestinian healthcare system,” he said, praising the work of nurses and recounting his own family’s experience with the need for emergency medical care.

Other planned announcements included those focusing on Palestinian economic development, such as developing 4G wireless networks in Gaza and the West Bank.

Biden heads next to Saudi Arabia. Just hours before his arrival, Saudi Arabia announced late Thursday that it was opening its airspace to “all carriers,” which ends the country’s ban on flights to and from Israel.

On Thursday, Biden met with Israeli caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid. After their meeting, the two leaders held a joint news conference to share their agreement that they would not allow Iran to become a nuclear power.

They could not, however, agree on the most effective means of preventing Iran’s nuclear development.

“I continue to believe that diplomacy is the best way to achieve this outcome,” Biden said.

“The only thing that will stop Iran,” said Lapid, “is knowing that if they continue to develop their nuclear program the free world will use force.”

Israel was a major critic of the international agreement signed in 2015 between Iran and a group of world powers that restricted Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Biden served as U.S. vice president when the agreement was signed, and it was his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, who withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018.

There have been recent efforts to try to bring both the U.S. and Iran back to the agreement, including indirect talks in Vienna.

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