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US disqualified itself as 'honest broker' in Middle East peace

Press Trust of India  |  Ramallah 

The US has disqualified itself from being an "honest broker" in the peace process, has said as he criticised his American counterpart for his "illegal" decision to declare as Israel's capital.

Trump's move angered the Palestinians, sparked protests in the and raised concern that it could further destabilise the region.

The status of is the centre of Palestine's conflict with Isarel. The city is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem.

The Palestinians wants to make East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

Abbas lashed out at the United States' decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital and slashing the aid package to the Palestinians as "unconstructive" measures.

He said Trump's move will only delay reaching a final agreement.

"The disqualified itself from being an honest broker, and should not be the sole in the peace process," the told in an e-mail interview.

In a dig at Trump's assertion regarding working out an ultimate deal during his tenure, the Palestinian said that they "have not received any proposals", but only "sudden and illegal decision on Jerusalem".

"Concerning the so called ultimate deal, we have not received any proposals for a peace plan until the moment. We keep hearing of an ultimate deal that the US President is going to present to the sides, but no one has proposed anything, but instead, President Trump announced his sudden and illegal decision on Jerusalem," he said.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 14:25 IST