Arab Summit Expected To Affirm Palestinian Rights

07 April, 2017, 09:49 | Author: Leticia Walters

Hosted by Jordan's King Abdullah II, the issue of the Palestinian state and Arab-Israeli peace clearly dominated the talks.

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said last week that Israel has ignored a Security Council resolution approved in December demanding a halt to settlement activity in occupied Palestinian territory.

The trio looked at "efforts to back the Palestinian Authority and means of bolstering regional and worldwide efforts to resume Israeli-Palestinian negotiations", the statement by Egypt's presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef added.

The proposed peace deal with Israel, he continued, should lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In their final statement, the leaders called for a revival of "serious and productive peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians" and renewed their commitment to a two-state solution.

Despite Trump being vague on his plans regarding peace initiative for the Palestinian conflict and saying that he is open to one-state solution, USA envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt met with Aboul-Ghiet prior to the summit and said that they had constructive discussion regarding the Palestinian conflict and a plan for a comprehensive peace in the region.

At a White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month, Trump indicated he was open to a one-state solution to the conflict. Abbas said he expects the summit to give full backing to Palestinian positions and to deliver a "clear message to the world about Palestinian rights".

On the eve of the summit on Tuesday, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and United States president Donald Trump's adviser Jason Greenblatt had what Mr Greenblatt described as a "very positive" meeting.

Meanwhile, US envoy Greenblatt tweeted: "The US president believes peace between Israelis and Palestinians might be possible and that the time has come to make a deal and I believe that such a peace agreement will reverberate positively throughout the region and the world".

Abbas's talks at the White House are expected to follow a visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, scheduled for April 3.

The summit approved more than 10 resolutions on Wednesday pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Syrian crisis, the Yemeni civil war, the ongoing conflict in Libya, and other issues. Netanyahu formally supports the creation of a Palestinian state, but has said it is not feasible in the foreseeable future.

Salman and Sisi are among 15 leaders attending the Arab League summit in Sweimeh on the Dead Sea coast to discuss regional conflicts.

Syrian President Bashar Assad was absent - he hasn't been invited since Syria's suspension from the 22-member Arab League following his crackdown on a 2011 uprising that quickly turned into a brutal civil war.

Jordan has a large Palestinian population and also serves as custodian of a major Muslim-run shrine in Jerusalem that is also Judaism's holiest site.

According to the declaration, Arab countries would continue to seek a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis and continue to support the countries hosting Syrian refugees.

The picture shows Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh sleeping at the Arab League summit.The picture shows Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah sleeping at the Arab League summit.

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