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Trump Mid East Plan Backfires: Palestine cuts all ties with Israel, United States

Mahmoud Abbas had earlier said that he will visit the United Nations within two weeks to address the Security Council

Saturday February 1, 2020 7:47 PM, Agencies

Palestine cuts ties with Israel and US

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Cairo: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said here on Saturday that his authority informed the Israeli and U.S. sides that it will "cut all relations" with them over the recently released US peace plan.

"We told the Israelis that we will not have any relations with them or with the United States, including security relations," Abbas was quoted by Xinhua as saying at an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Announced in Washington on January 28 by US President Donald Trump, in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the US peace plan was rejected by the Palestinians.

Mahmoud Abbas had earlier said that he will visit the United Nations within two weeks to address the Security Council on his rejection of the new US Mideast plan, Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour said on Wednesday.

Mansour told reporters he hoped the 15-member Security Council, at the same meeting that Abbas would address, would vote on a draft resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan unveiled by US President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

"We will try our best with our friends to have the strongest possible draft resolution and to receive the strongest and largest possible voting in favor of that resolution," he added, without giving details of what might be in the text.

For his part, Tunisian UN Ambassador to Moncef Baati, whose country represents the Arab member of the Security Council, said: "Of course we would like to see strong, large opposition to this Trump plan."

He pointed out that President Abbas would use his visit to the UN in New York to put before to the entire international community the reaction of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership against the proposed plan.

The Arab Parliament had on Wednesday said that the Middle East peace plan announced by the US President Donald Trump contradicts UN Security Council resolutions on the rights of the Palestinian people.

Arab Parliament Speaker Meshal Al-Salmi reiterated, in a statement, backing for an independent Palestinian state with capital in East Jerusalem in line with the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, relevant UN resolutions, international law and two-state solution principle on the pre1967 border.

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