UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Labor leader in the UK Jeremy Corbyn commenting on US President Donald Trump’s so-called “Middle East peace plan” said it is not a “peace plan”.
Speaking at the weekly “question to the prime minister” session in the lower house of the British Parliament, opposition leader Corbyn said that “Trump’s Middle East peace plan is not a peace plan. It annexes Palestinian territory, transfers Palestinians, Israeli citizens and deprives the Palestinian people of fundamental rights.”
Corbyn called on the British government to “not stand by the side of this thing proposed by Trump yesterday, but stand by the side of a real peace plan with international support.”
“Trump’s plan will not bring peace,” Corbyn said, adding that this plan has no support in either Palestine or anywhere else in the world.
While British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in response to Corbyn, defending his idea that “no peace plan is perfect” said Trump’s plan “is at least a two-state solution”.
Johnson called on opposition leader Corbyn to persuade Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the plan and not cause any “political vacuum”.
Call for a ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia
In his remarks, Corbyn has also criticized his government’s support for Saudi Arabia’s military operations in Yemen. Corbyn said 100,000 civilians were killed in the operation last year and called on the British government to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Referring also to a report by Human Rights Watch, which has documented Saudi Arabia’s mistreatment of mainly opposition and women activists, Corbyn asked “The Prime Minister who will go to Riyadh for the G20 summit later this year. tells Saudi officials that the trade deal that will be made with this country will depend largely on human rights records and mistreatment of women?”
Johnson said that during meetings with Saudi Arabia they would put human rights on the agenda and that they would continue to do so after that.
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