Palestinian Prez in talks with Blinken urges to end Israeli occupation

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories must end through a political solution.

Antony Blinken. Photo: Bloomberg

Antony Blinken. Photo: Bloomberg

IANS Ramallah
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories must end through a political solution.
During a meeting with Blinken in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday, Abbas stressed the need to resolve all permanent status issues, including the refugee issue, and the release of all prisoners, under the auspices of the International Quartet and under international resolutions, Palestine's official news agency WAFA reported.
The Palestinian President called on the US to implement its commitment to the two-state solution by stopping Israeli settlement and settlers' assaults, preserving the historical situation in al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, and prohibiting Israel's unilateral actions.
He also demanded that the US consulate in East Jerusalem be reopened, and that US laws designating the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as a "terrorist organisation that encourages incitement" be repealed, Xinhua news agency reported.
Abbas told the US Secretary of State that current events in Europe showed "blatant double standards, despite the crimes of the Israeli occupation," according to the report.
"The continuation of the unilateral Israeli measures will soon lead to the implementation of the Palestinian Central Council decisions that called for the termination of commitments to all agreements signed with Israel," the Palestinian President was quoted as saying.
For his part, Blinken reiterated the US commitment to the two-state solution principle and pledged to prevent any party from taking any action to raise the level of tension.
Earlier on Sunday, the US Secretary of State met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Israel.
Blinken is scheduled to attend a conference in southern Israel with his counterparts from Bahrain, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.
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First Published: Mar 28 2022 | 8:11 AM IST

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