RAMALLAH (Rahnuma): Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesperson of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on Tuesday said that the U.S. administration’s efforts “will not get anywhere,” vowing to thwart all the “conspiracies against the Palestinian cause.”
He said in a statement published by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that “any meeting, whether in Bahrain or elsewhere, without the legitimate Palestinian endorsement, proves that Washington cannot and will not succeed on its own in achieving anything.”
Abu Rudeineh said that the president and the Palestinian leadership’s firm position on Jerusalem, the prisoners and the Palestinian identity will foil any plot by the United States.
His statements came against the backdrop of the upcoming U.S.-led economic workshop in Bahrain.
A joint statement issued by the Bahraini and U.S. governments on May 19 said that Bahrain will host the “Peace to Prosperity” economic workshop in Manama on June 25-26, which will bring together finance ministers to meet with business people.
Palestinians immediately opposed the idea of holding the conference and said they were not even consulted on it. Officials have been urging world governments to boycott the conference, saying it is part of the U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace ideas, better known as the “Deal of the Century.”
The Palestinian Authority declared it boycotted the American administration since it recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017 and moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem last May.