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Arab League: There is no real partner for peace with Palestinians, Arabs

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul-Gheit stressed yesterday that the two-state solution is the best solution to the Palestinian issue, noting that ignoring it is a "waste of time", Quds Press reported.

During a meeting for the Arab foreign ministers in the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Abul-Gheit said: "The Palestinians and Arabs have no real peace partner. The Israeli government is captured by the extremist right wing and settlement groups."

The goal of the current Israeli government is to undermine the two-state solution by imposing a new settlement reality that makes it impossible to have a viable and connected Palestinian state.

Abul-Gheit added: "The Arab Peace Initiative is the roadmap to the comprehensive peace in the region. We have been monitoring the increasing international consensus that favours the two-state solution and opposes the settlement policies."

The Arab Peace Initiative, adopted by the Arab League in 2002, says that the just and comprehensive peace is the strategic choice of the Arab states and this could be achieved in light of the international community and this needs similar Israeli commitment to be fulfilled.

Meanwhile, he expressed his hope that the "position of the new American administration keeps up with the international consensus" regarding the two-state solution.

Regarding other issues in the region, he said that some countries continue interfering in the internal affairs of the Arab nations and "exploit sectarianism" as a tool for this interference.

"These regional parties have to recognise that escalating tension with the Arabic area would bring losses for the whole region," he said.

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