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Abbas: No negotiations without Jerusalem

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas renewed his rejection of any negotiations or understandings with the Israelis without Jerusalem.

This came during a meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo, Abbas gathered with the Secretary General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul Gheit on the eve of a ministerial meeting at the university to discuss the alleged American “deal of the century”, according to the official Palestinian News Agency.

Abbas called on the Arab world to stand by the Palestinian stance that there is no peace, no plan, no understanding, and no negotiation, without Jerusalem.

Abbas’s comments follow a call by several Arab countries, led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, to start direct negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis under American sponsorship, against the background of the announcement of the century deal.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced, at a press conference in Washington, “The Deal of the Century”, in the presence of outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The plan, which was rejected by the Palestinian Authority and all factions of the resistance, includes the establishment of a “connected” Palestinian state in the form of an archipelago connected by bridges and tunnels, and to make Jerusalem the undivided capital of Israel.

During the meeting, Abbas also stressed “the need to confront the century deal, on the Arab, regional and international levels, and that there must be a unified Arab position towards this deal aimed at liquidating the Palestinian issue, and the need to adhere to the Arab Peace Initiative of 2012 without change.”

The Palestinian President arrived, earlier Friday, Cairo, to participate in the work of the emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers, to be held at the headquarters of the Arab League on Saturday, at the request of Palestine.

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