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PA signs 22 international treaties and agreements

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks outside the tomb of the late President Yasser Arafat during a celebration marking the fifty-third anniversary of the creation of the Fatah movement in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 31, 2017 [Thaer Ganaim / ApaImages]
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas speaks outside the tomb of the late President Yasser Arafat during a celebration marking the fifty-third anniversary of the creation of the Fatah movement in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 31 December, 2017 [Thaer Ganaim/ApaImages]

Palestine has joined 22 international conventions and treaties, the Palestinian Authority (PA) announced today.

In a statement, the PA said that the move was made “to strengthen the legal status of the State of Palestine on a global scale,” stressing that “adopting the international law is the only way to achieve the Palestinians’ legitimate national rights.”

On the Israeli decision to annex the West Bank to Israel’s sovereignty, the PA noted that the decision is “a declaration of war against the Palestinian people.”

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The Palestinian government also noted to the US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel saying that it is “devoid of any legitimacy.”

“The US decision on Jerusalem has destroyed peace hopes between Palestinians and Israelis,” the PA stressed, calling on the Islamic world to take a serious action in the face of what it described as “a danger facing the Holy City.”

On 6 December, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and said that the American embassy in Tel Aviv would be relocated to the Holy City. The decision has drawn an angry and despairing response from global and regional leaders – who warned it would destroy the peace process, strengthen extremists and weaken the standing of the US in the world.

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