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Arab League Rejects Trump's Mideast Plan

Arab League Rejects Trump's Mideast Plan

Saturday, 1 February, 2020 - 16:00
The Arab League said Trump’s Middle East plan does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people. Photo: AFP

The Arab League rejected US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan at a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo on Saturday, saying it would not lead to a just peace deal.

The Arab League will not cooperate with the United States to execute the plan, a communique said. Israel should not to implement the initiative by force, it said.

The pan-Arab bloc convened in Cairo days after the US unveiled its plan which is seen as favoring Israel.

The meeting brought together Arab senior officials including Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, and the United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for foreign affairs.

In a statement released afterwards, the League said it “rejects the US-Israeli ‘deal of the century’ considering that it does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people.”

Arab states also vowed “not to ... cooperate with the US administration to implement this plan.”

They insisted on a two-state solution that includes a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 Six-Day War – when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza – and with east Jerusalem as its capital.

The US plan suggests that Israel would retain control of the contested city of Jerusalem as its “undivided capital” and annex settlements on Palestinian lands.

Trump said Palestinians would be allowed to declare a capital within annexed east Jerusalem.

Abbas said on Saturday “there will be no relations” with Israel and the US including on security cooperation following their “disavowal of signed agreements and international legitimacy.”

He said the Palestinians remain committed to ending the Israeli occupation and establishing a state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

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