Abbas: Palestinians No Longer Accepting US Role in Peace Process

14 Dec
10:18 PM

PA president Mahmoud Abbas, on Wednesday, said that the Palestinians will no longer accept any role for the United States in the Middle East peace process, following President Donald Trumpā€™s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Abbas, speaking at the the Istanbul gathering of heads of state and top officials from the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation, had called Trumpā€™s decision ā€œa war crimeā€ that threatened world peace, calling on the United Nations to take charge of the peace process and create a new mechanism, arguing that Washington is no longer ā€œfitā€ for the task.

The Palestinians are committed to a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Abbas said, but after Trumpā€™s seismic shift on Jerusalem, Washington is not accepted as a fair negotiator, the AP reported.

Last week, according to the PNN, Abbas aides said that the Palestinian leader would not meet with Mike Pence during the U.S. vice presidentā€™s planned visit to Israel and the West Bank, next week.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganā€” the current president of the OIC ā€” called on countries to urgently recognize the Palestinian state and Jerusalem as its capital.

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