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PA: Arab efforts stopped plans to relocate US embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinians take part during a protest against US President Donald Trump's pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem on January 25, 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]
Palestinians take part during a protest against US President Donald Trump's pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem on 25 January 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

The Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyadh Al-Maliki yesterday reiterated that "Egyptian, Jordanian and Saudi efforts" stopped plans to relocate the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Sama news agency reported.

The minister stressed that this is the position of the PA and it is supported by the Arabs and the final statement of the Arab Summit will confirm this.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyadh Al-Maliki [Yael arava com/Facebook]

The Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyadh Al-Maliki [Yael arava com/Facebook]

Meanwhile, he denied any efforts to propose a new peace initiative during the summit or to modify the already agreed upon Arab Peace Initiative proposed by Saudi Arabi in 2002 and approved by the Arab League.

"We stress that there are no ideas of this kind, not from the secretary of the Arab League or anyone else," he told Al-Ghad TV.

Read: Arab leaders seek common ground at summit on Palestinian state

Speaking at the summit, Jordan's King Abdullah said peace would not be attained in the Middle East without the creation of a Palestinian state under a two-state solution that would be the basis of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal.

Abdullah added that Israel was wrecking the chances of peace by accelerating settlement building in occupied Palestinian territories.

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