PLO FM, US can’t participate in peace process

CAIRO, December 9, 2017 (WAFA – Official PLO news agency) – Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki Friday said US President Donald Trump’s decision deprived his country of the ability to play a role in the peace process.

Al-Malki said in a press conference held Saturday evening in Cairo that the US has excluded itself from having a role in the peace process in the region, including its role in the Quartet, because the decision shows the extent of US’s bias towards Israel and against the Palestinian people.

“We came today to attend an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss the issue of US recognition of Jerusalem and to know what action could be taken. We will ask all countries that recognize Palestine to recognize East Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the state of Palestine, for both Christians and Muslims.”

He said the state of Palestine rejects the US decision in its entirety and will not deal with it, describing it as illegitimate.

He added, “All options are open to the Palestinian leadership to deal with the US move, and we will act at the highest diplomatic, political and legal levels.”

“By making this decision, the US administration transferred itself from the role of mediator to becoming a side in the conflict. This is incompatible with any role the US can play in the peace process.”

Al-Malki said Israel had tried to pressure other countries to recognize Jerusalem as its capital.

He pointed out that he will ask many countries to reject the US decision and deem it illegal, stressing that the silence of some countries is not only unacceptable but is a contribution to the crime.

He explained that next Wednesday will see a meeting of foreign ministers of Islamic countries in Istanbul, at the invitation of Turkey, and will be followed by the summit meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

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  1. The Palestinian fight for any part of Jerusalem and Israel is another method of conquest in the name of Islam. It has nothing to do with having rights; they have no rights to the land. They’re an invented people with an invented reason to usurp the land when they can’t win with violence..

  2. There must be some way to inform people that their opinion of something, such as shown in the article above, does not affect its legality. Just like the TSS story-tellers always base their arguments on the legality or illegality of Israeli annexation or occupation, or the status of communities in the so-called territories, legality is something which is determined based on international law and not on the preferred solution.

  3. How can someone who is not a representative of a sovereign country say that for a real sovereign country to recognize another real sovereign countries chosen capital can be deemed illegal and a crime? How ubsurd. Are these people really this in need of psychiatric help?

    As for the countries that abstain from voting at the UN (fence sitters) and those that don’t do the right thing and follow Trumps example or vote against Israel because they are afraid of their own Muslim populations reaction. You are Qislings and cowards.