Major Arab states support, Turkey rejects deal of the century

Jan 29,2020

Turkey said: “We will not support any plan that does not have the support of Palestine. There will not be any peace in the Middle East without ending Israel's occupation policies.”

Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar hailed US President Donald Trump’s deal of the century; Turkey rejected it and said: “Jerusalem is a redline for us.”

Describing the deal as a form of effort aiming to achieve justice for the Palestinians, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The Kingdom reiterates its support for all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian cause.”

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The Arab Republic of Egypt appreciates the continuous efforts exerted by the US administration to achieve a comprehensive and just settlement of the Palestinian issue.”

It added: “Egypt recognises the importance of considering the US administration's initiative from the perspective of the importance of achieving the resolution of the Palestinian issue.”

For its part, Qatari news agency said that the state “welcomes all efforts aiming towards a longstanding and just peace in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

The news agency added: “It [Qatar] also appreciates the endeavours of President Trump and the current US administration to find solutions for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

However, it said: “All solutions should be consistent with international law and the relevant UN resolutions.”

Ambassador of the UAE Yousef al Otaiba said that his country appreciates continued US efforts to reach a Palestine-Israel peace agreement. “This plan is a serious initiative that addresses many issues raised over the years,” he wrote on Twitter.

Jordan said that the deal urged the Israelis and the Palestinians to look for a solution “that satisfies the aspirations of both peoples to achieve a comprehensive and just peace.”

Commenting on the deal, the Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said in a statement that his country “supports every genuine effort aimed at achieving just and comprehensive peace that people will accept.”

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement saying: “The so-called US peace plan is stillborn. This is an annexation plan aiming to destroy the two-state solution and seize the Palestinian territories. The people and the land of Palestine cannot be bought off.”

It stressed: “Jerusalem is our redline” and said, “we will not allow any step seeking to legitimise Israel's occupation and atrocities.”

The ministry continued: “We will always stand by the brotherly Palestinian people and will continue to work for an independent Palestine on Palestinian land.

“We will not support any plan that does not have the support of Palestine. There will not be any peace in the Middle East without ending Israel's occupation policies.”

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