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Palestinian President calls on Norway and Europe to stop Israeli violations

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday called on Norway and the European Union to pressure Israel to stop its violations of international conventions.

This came during a meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, in the capital Oslo, according to the official Palestinian news agency.

According to the agency, Abbas briefed Solberg on the developments of the Palestinian issue, especially the announcement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to impose Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea in the West Bank.

Abbas called on Norway and the European Union to take a firm position that would force Israel to back down from such steps.

Abbas arrived on Wednesday evening, Norway, on a three-day official visit, during which he is scheduled to meet with the Norwegian Crown Prince Acting King.

On September 10, Netanyahu announced his intention to annex the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, about 30 percent of the West Bank, to Israel if he wins the general election.

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