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Arab FMs Condemn US Reversal on Israeli Settlements

Arab FMs Condemn US Reversal on Israeli Settlements

Monday, 25 November, 2019 - 17:45
(L to R) Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Palestinian Foreign Minster Riyad al-Maliki and Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim attend a joint press conference following an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 25, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Arab foreign ministers denounced on Monday the US administration’s announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law.

In an emergency meeting convened at the Cairo headquarters of the Arab League Monday, a week after the US announcement, the ministers said the US decision "has no legal effect and is a clear violation of UN resolutions".

The ministers expressed their "condemnation and rejection of the US decision", a statement issued after the meeting said.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit called the decision “unfairly biased and unacceptable.”

He said the US has forfeited its role as a neutral arbiter between Israel and the Palestinians.

The US policy change, which sparked international condemnation, was the latest in a series of moves by the White House in which it sided with Israel’s right-wing government against the Palestinians on key issues in the decades-old conflict.

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