Arab League: Trump plan is a 'great violation' of Palestinian rights



Cairo (dpa) - Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Wednesday that US President Donald Trump's plan for the Middle East was "a great violation of the legitimate rights of Palestinians."



In a statement issued by the pan-Arab body, Aboul Gheit said that "any serious plan to achieve peace must meet the expectations of both parties."
"A just and sustainable peace cannot be achieved while ignoring the reality of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967," he said.
The foreign ministers of Arab League member states will hold an extraordinary meeting on Saturday to discuss Trump's plan.
The comments come after Trump unveiled his plan for the Middle East, which would give Israel control over Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the strategic Jordan Valley, while also calling for the creation of a Palestinian state.
The Palestinians rejected the proposal, which significantly differs from the 1967 borders that have previously been the basis for peace plans.
Qatar said it welcomes all efforts for "a longstanding peace in the occupied Palestinian territories," according to Qatar's official news agency.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman reiterated in a phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas his country's support for Palestinian rights, the SPA news agency reported.

 


Wednesday, January 29th 2020
(dpa)
           


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