Abbas: US has disqualified itself from MidEast peace process

Palestinian President Abbas also condemned a threat by US President Donald Trump to cut off financial aid to countries that voted at the United Nations against the United States.

By REUTERS
December 22, 2017 12:32
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a news conference following the extraord

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a news conference following the extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey. (photo credit: REUTERS/OSMAN ORSAL)

PARIS- The United States has "disqualified" itself from the Middle East peace process due to its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday.

"The United States are no longer an honest mediator in the peace process, we will not accept any plan put forward by the United States," said Abbas, speaking through a translator at a joint news briefing in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Abbas also condemned a threat by US President Donald Trump to cut off financial aid to countries that voted at the United Nations against the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
128 countries defy Trump, vote for UN resolution slamming his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, December 21, 2017 (Reuters)

On Thursday, more than 120 countries defied Trump and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Macron reiterated on Friday that France remained committed to a "two-state" solution, namely one in which Israel and Palestine peacefully co-exist side-by-side with one another.

Macron added that France would recognize a Palestinian state "at the right time," and not under pressure.


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