Arab League to lobby UN to recognise Palestinian state

Arab League to lobby UN to recognise Palestinian state

Six Arab foreign ministers met in Amman on to follow up on earlier decisions taken by the Arab League

Arab states will embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations (UN) to recognise a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war.

This was announced by Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi  in Amman that the committee aims to “confront the decision by seeking a (UN) resolution, an international one, to recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital,” claiming that “according to international law, Jerusalem is an occupied land.

Committee of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the PA, S. Arabia, the UAE to lobby UN for international recognition of Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital; Committee formed in Dec. 2017 “puts the Arab League in charge of the policy on Jerusalem, taking it away from the Palestinians.

The committee was formed following President Trump’s Jerusalem recognition in December. While the committee was formed and is overseen by the Arab League, reports of why the committee was actually created were released a few weeks ago.

He did not elaborate on the timing of the diplomatic moves nor say whether he was referring to a UN Security Council or General Assembly resolution.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said the ministerial meeting would also discuss Washington’s role in future Arab-Israeli peacemaking that members states said was now jeopardised by what they see as US bias towards Israel.

Since the announcement, Saudi Arabia’s royal court has sent notices to the nation’s media outlets to limit the airtime given to protests against Trump’s announcement.

Earlier On December 21, the UN General Assembly overwhelming adopted a Turkish-sponsored resolution rejecting Trump’s move by a vote of 128-9, with 35 abstentions.

As per 2017 statistics, Arab League has 22 member states, it was founded in Cairo in 1945 by the Kingdom of Egypt, Kingdom of Iraq, Lebanon, Mandate for Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Republic, Transjordan (Jordan from 1946) and North Yemen (later becoming Yemen). There was a continual increase in membership during the second half of the 20th century, with additional 15 Arab states and 4 observers being admitted.

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