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Saudi Arabia Rejects US Statements on Israeli Settlements

Saudi Arabia Rejects US Statements on Israeli Settlements

Wednesday, 20 November, 2019 - 18:45
Laborers work in a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Ramat Givat Zeev in the occupied-West Bank November 19, 2019. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia stressed on Wednesday its rejection of recent American statements on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying they are an “obstacle” in achieving peace.

An official source at the Foreign Ministry said the Kingdom completely rejects Washington’s remarks that the settlements in Palestinian territories are legal.

The source countered, saying Israel’s constriction of settlements is a violation of international resolution and international law.

It is an obstacle in achieving peace and stability in the Middle East and implementation of the two-state solution, it continued.

Achieving peace demands that the Palestinian people garner their complete legitimate rights according to the Arab peace initiative and international resolutions, it stressed.

On Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not inconsistent with international law."

"Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law hasn't worked. It hasn't advanced the cause of peace," he said.

The statement puts the United States at odds with virtually all countries and UN Security Council resolutions.

Palestinians argued the US stance flouted international law. The international community views the transfer of any country’s civilians to occupied land as illegal under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and UN Security Council resolutions.

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