PLO member says U.S.-led economic plan lacks political, legal dimensions

PLO member says U.S.-led economic plan lacks political, legal dimensions

RAMALLAH (Rahnuma): The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi on Wednesday reaffirmed the PLO’s position toward the U.S.-led workshop in Manama, Bahrain.

She said it lacks political and legal dimensions in the presentation of the so-called plan presented by the U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

She told reporters at a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah that “any solution must be based on the international law and the rights of the Palestinians people.”

Ashrawi said the PLO will continue working with international personnel toward achieving Palestinian rights under the framework of the international law.

Following the press conference, Ashrawi’s office issue a statement, saying that the “Trump administration has already disqualified itself from any credible role in peacemaking.”

The statement said that “the freedom of Palestine from Israeli occupation and economic domination are non-negotiable and essential requirements of peace.”

The PLO calls on states to act with the required courage and integrity to defend Palestinian rights, which are an integral part of the universal principles of human rights and international law, it added.

On Tuesday, Bahrain and the United States jointly organized a two-day economic workshop in Manama titled “Peace to Prosperity.” Both parties said the workshop brings together finance ministers rather than foreign ministers to meet with business people.

Palestinians immediately opposed the idea of holding the conference.

The U.S. administration has taken several steps against the Palestinians, including shutting down the PLO office in Washington, cutting aid to the only UN agency providing support to the Palestinian refugees, and cutting aid to the Palestinians.

Since then, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas repeatedly called for an international multilateral umbrella to overlook the peace process.

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