Palestine

Arab League calls for formation of independent Palestine state

The Arab League (AL) has called for the formation of a sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital, emphasizing the need for the resumption of stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks to that effect.

In a final declaration issued Wednesday at the end of their annual summit in Jordan, Arab League leaders called for Israel’s withdrawal from occupied territories and the formation of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders as the only way to achieve peace.

The Arab leaders denounced all Israeli efforts aimed at changing the legal and historical situation of holy Islamic and Christian sites in East Jerusalem al-Quds and called on the world countries not to relocate their embassies to al-Quds or recognize the city as the capital of Israel.

They were apparently referring to US President Donald Trump’s controversial plans to relocate Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who attended the summit through video conference, voiced support for a so-called two-state solution as the “only path to ensure that Palestinians and Israelis” can live in peace.

Addressing the summit, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at Israel for undermining a two-state solution by “increasing settlement building and confiscation.”

“Israel continues its schemes to take control of East Jerusalem, to change its identity and character and not to respect the historical status of the holy sites of Islam and Christianity. Israel uses excuses to justify the continuation of its occupation, such as the demand to recognize it as a Jewish state. How long will this occupation and desecration of our holy places continue?” Abbas said.

Other Arab leaders speaking at the summit also called for concerted efforts to put an end to violation of Palestinians’ rights by the Israeli regime.

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