Arab Foreign Ministers Reject US 'Deal of the Century'

Published April 22nd, 2019 - 06:46 GMT
Members of the Arab League hold a meeting at the grouping's headquarters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo to discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, on April 21, 2019.  (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)
Members of the Arab League hold a meeting at the grouping's headquarters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo to discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, on April 21, 2019. (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)
Highlights
Arab League foreign ministers have denounces Trump's 'deal of century' plan.

Arab League foreign ministers on Sunday stressed that they rejected any kind of peace plan which does not respect the rights of the Palestinian people.

The Arab League foreign ministers said in a final declaration that they rejected any kind of peace plan which does not respect the rights of the Palestinian people, at the end of the discussions at the extraordinary session in Cairo.

Referring to the U.S. plan, dubbed the “Deal of the century”, to establish a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip, the declaration added that without giving the legal rights of the Palestinian people, these kinds of plans will never bring comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East.

The rights, as explained, were listed as Palestinian people's aspirations to re-establish their independent state on the lines of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, compensation for Palestinian refugees and releasing the captives.


The declaration also called on Palestinian groups to establish national reconciliation and hold elections as soon as possible.

- 'Netanyahu does not believe in peace'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "does not believe in peace" in Arab League’s extraordinary meeting.

Claiming that Netanyahu could not find a Palestinian partner, Abbas offered him a real peace based on international legitimacy.

He also accused Israel of entirely breaching international resolutions including Oslo Accords and Paris Economic Protocol since 1947.

He also criticized the U.S. that the President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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