Arab League discusses Palestine cause, refuses to condemn UAE-Israel deal
Arab foreign ministers held a meeting on Wednesday via video conference to discuss their perspectives on a number of global issues varying from the Israel-UAE deal to Turkish and Iranian interference in the internal affairs of the region. Foreign ministers from the 22-member Arab League met for the 154th session of the Arab League Council, chaired by Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Malki.
During the three-hour long discussion, Arab foreign ministers expressed their commitment to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative that calls comprehensive normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab world by ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and recognising the state of Palestine and rights of Palestinian people.
Along with this, the Arab League and Palestine agreed to include an emphasis on two-state solution and the land for peace principle in the final agreement, as per media reports. However, they dropped a draft resolution to condemn the UAE-Israel deal aimed at normalising relations.
Speaking during the meeting, Ahmed Abul Gheit, secretary-general of the Arab League, emphasised that the Palestinian cause is and will continue to be the subject of Arab consensus adding that the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative will remain the roadmap towards a remains the road map for a fair and just resolution.
At the meeting, the UAE also reaffirmed its support for the Palestinian cause and the two-state solution, stating that the Abraham Accord created a “new momentum for peace” in the region.”The sovereign and strategic decision by the UAE to sign a peace accord with Israel includes, among other things, tacit Israeli approval and a US guarantee to freeze the annexation of the Palestinian land. From our view, this constitutes an achievement and an important step towards peace,” said UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash, during the meeting.
The UAE and Israel on August 13 announced their agreement to normalise ties and establish peace in the region. The deal has been brokered by US President Donald Trump. As per reports, Israel and the UAE will sign the historic deal at a White House ceremony on September 15.
At the same time, the minister also condemned the interference and meddling of Turkey and Iran in the internal affairs of the Arab countries.“The past period witnessed growing bullying and hostility by regional powers towards our Arab region, and the escalation of interference in the affairs of our Arab countries by two neighbouring countries, namely Iran and Turkey,” Al Ghait said.