Palestine urges to exclude US from peace talks in Middle East

13.12.2017, Turkey.

From now on, Palestine will no longer accept the US involvement in Middle East peace talks, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said at the extraordinary Islamic summit in Istanbul on December 13, Associated Press reports.

Mahmoud Abbas proposed to the gathered leaders and senior officials of Islamic countries to hammer out a unified protest of Muslims across the world, against the move of US President Donald Trump.

Abbas said that the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a “crime,” which threatens the peace process in the Middle East. He also called on the United Nations to take the initiative in the peace process to create a new mechanism, since, in his opinion, Washington is no longer fit for leading the task.

Representatives of 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation gathered in Istanbul. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the participants to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its capital.

On December 6, during a press conference, US President Donald Trump declared the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He said the US will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This statement caused large-scale demonstrations and mass protests in Arab countries. There were casualties in Palestine as a result of clashes between protesters and the Israeli police.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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