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Arab foreign ministers reiterate rejection of ‘deal of the century’


CAIRO, Thursday, March 5, 2020 (WAFA) – Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo reiterated today their rejection of the American-Israeli "deal of the century" as it does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people and contradicts with the peace process references based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.

At the end of the 153rd session of the Arab League Council at the level of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, the ministers affirmed that they would not deal with this "unfair deal" or cooperate with the US administration in implementing it in any way.

They also rejected attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause through humanitarian and economic solutions without a just political settlement, refusing any political or financial pressure exerted on the Palestinian people and their leadership with the aim of imposing unjust solutions to the Palestinian cause.

The Arab foreign ministers emphasized adherence to peace as a strategic option, and resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict in accordance with international law and relevant UN resolutions, including 242, 338 and 1515, and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.

They also warned of the intentions and policies of the Israeli occupation government to take advantage of the illegal cover provided by the unilateral US decisions, with the aim of forcibly annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, condemning any Israeli-American action in that direction.

The ministers called on the United Nations, the Security Council and the General Assembly, to shoulder their responsibilities to curb this illegal act, and to hold the Israeli and US governments responsible for the dangerous consequences of that approach, which effectively eliminates the chances for peace.

The top Arab diplomats stressed the need to support the peace achievement plan that President Mahmoud Abbas put forward in the Security Council on 11/2/2020, urging for joint work with international actors, including the Quartet, to establish an international multilateral mechanism to sponsor the peace process, including a call for an international conference.

The ministers as well affirmed their rejection and condemnation of any unilateral decisions that violate the legal status of Jerusalem, including the decision of the United States to recognize the city as the capital of Israel and the transfer of its embassy to the holy city.

The ministers also affirmed the condemnation of the Israeli colonial settlement policy, requesting the UN Security Council to implement its Resolution No. 2334 of 2016, which emphasized that Israeli settlements constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and an obstacle to peace.

They condemned the decision of the United States which considered the Israeli colonial settlement in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 not contrary to international law, considering this decision as an explicit violation of the United Nations Charter and relevant resolutions.

The Arab foreign ministers also called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to allow the Palestinian Authority to hold general elections in occupied East Jerusalem.


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