Palestine proposes to exclude US from Mideast Quartet

RAMALLAH, July 25, 2019 (Xinhua) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 25, 2019. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday declared that the Palestinian leadership has decided to stop abiding by the signed agreements between Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel, in line with former decisions taken by Palestinian National and Central Councils. (Str/Xinhua/IANS)

Ramallah, Nov 22 (IANS) A senior Palestinian official said that Palestine has proposed to exclude the US from the Middle East Quartet to advance the stalled peace talks with Israel.

“Palestine proposed to Russia, the European Union, and the UN to hold a meeting, with the participation of other states but without the US, to discuss convening an international peace conference,” Azzam el-Ahmad, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, told official Voice of Palestine radio on Saturday.

The current Middle East Quartet, with the mandate to facilitate the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, comprises the US, Russia, the European Union and the UN, reports Xinhua news agency.

However, el-Ahmad noted, Washington’s role in the Quartet could be reactivated after US President-elect Joe Biden administration takes office, depending on its support of the two-state solution.

“There is no alternative to the two-state solution,” he said.

“Implementing this vision requires fulfilling the legitimate rights of the Palestinians and establishing an independent state on 1967 borders.”

 

 

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