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 Trumpâ€™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 Trumpâ€™s decision â€śa war crimeâ€ť 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 â€śfitâ€ť for the task.
The Palestinians are committed to a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Abbas said, but after Trumpâ€™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 presidentâ€™s planned visit to Israel and the West Bank, next week.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganâ€” the current president of the OIC â€” called on countries to urgently recognize the Palestinian state and Jerusalem as its capital.