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Arab Ministers Call for ‘Serious Negotiations’ with Israel

Arab Ministers Call for ‘Serious Negotiations’ with Israel

Wednesday, 8 July, 2020 - 07:00
Houses are seen in the Jewish settlement of Itamar, near Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank June 15, 2020. (Reuters)
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The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Oman, Kuwait and Palestine called for “serious and effective” negotiations with Israel to end the conflict through the two-state solution, and rejected all annexation plans.

Meeting via video conference at Amman’s request, the ministers called on Israel to demonstrate its “true desire to achieve peace.”

In a statement, they reiterated their commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative, which stresses the two-state solution as the "only means" to end the conflict, achieve comprehensive peace and normalize relations between Arab countries and Israel.

The statement asserted the need for Palestinians to realize their rights to freedom and a viable, independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the pre-1967 lines based on the two-state solution, international law and the Arab Peace Initiative.

The ministers urged the international community to adopt clear stances and measures to prevent the implementation of the annexation decision in order to protect international law and peace.

In January, US President Donald Trump announced a controversial peace plan promising to support the annexation of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, as well as the strategic Jordan Valley area.

Under the agreement that established the coalition government in Israel recently, the implementation of the annexation plan was set for July 1, however, nothing has yet been done in this regard.

The Arab Peace Initiative was adopted during a 2002 Arab League meeting in Beirut. It called for the establishment of a Palestinian state according to the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital. It demands full Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights, as well as the remaining occupied Lebanese territories.

The initiative also called for the achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, and in turn, the Arab-Israeli conflict will be resolved, and Arab states will establish normal relations with Israel.

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