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PA: No plan to change the Arab Peace Initiative

March 28, 2017 at 9:33 am

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki in Ramallah, West Bank on March 15 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said yesterday that there was no plan to modify the Arab Peace Initiative aimed at achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The Saudi-proposed initiative offers Israel full diplomatic recognition from Arab states in return for an Israeli withdrawal from Arab land occupied in 1967 and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

“There is no intention to modify any article of the Arab Peace Initiative,” Al-Maliki told reporters on the sidelines of an Arab ministerial meeting in Jordan.

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Any modification of the proposal, he stressed, “is rejected by the Palestinians and Arabs”.

The Arab League summit that will convene this week in Jordan, Al-Maliki added, “will adopt a resolution about [the Arab] commitment to the original plan without changes or modification.”

The summit is scheduled to kick off tomorrow in Jordan’s western Dead Sea region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for his part, has rejected the Arab initiative.