February 17, 2018

Palestinian President to Address UN Security Council

02 February 2018, 09:35 | Kara Nash

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Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned on Thursday of the Arab League's ministerial meeting on Palestine, against the repercussions of any decisions aiming to violate the status of Jerusalem.

The Kuwaiti ambassador added that he had "not received any request" from the Palestinian Mission to the United Nations in relation to upgrading their status at the United Nations from observer state to full membership.

The top-diplomats also expressed their rejection of attempts aimed at ending and reducing the role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) through Israeli systematic campaigns against the agency.

The meeting resulted in a resolution calling for Arab action to counter the United States administration's decision and welcoming the decision of the UN General Assembly in its 10th special emergency session under the slogan of "Unity for Peace", issued on December 21, 2017, reaffirming rejection of any resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupying forces, and the transfer of diplomatic missions to it.

"We reached out to all decision-making capitals in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Australia, the USA administration, United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states to communicate the Arab position on this issue", he said.

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The ministers called on the Palestinian factions and forces to speed up the completion of national reconciliation in accordance with the Cairo Agreement signed in May 2011 and the latest Cairo 2017 agreement which enable the National Reconciliation Government to assume its full responsibilities in the Gaza Strip and hold general elections as soon as possible.

Earlier on in the day, the Arab League's Foreign Ministers Council was held in the Egyptian capital in a follow-up to the previous sessions in December and January on Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

His speech is scheduled for February 20.

As for the peace process, the ministers underlined the need to work with worldwide actors to establish a multilateral global mechanism under the auspices of the United Nations to sponsor the peace process. He also canceled a meeting last month with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who had traveled to the region.

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