Mahmoud Abbas: US lost mediator status in Palestine conflict settlement
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 13
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The US has already lost its status of mediator in the settlement of the conflict in Palestine, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said.
Abbas made the remarks in Istanbul Dec. 13 at the opening ceremony of the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the issue of Jerusalem.
Abbas said that by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the US grossly violates the international law.
"Muslim countries must express solidarity with Palestine," he said.
Previously, US President Donald Trump proclaimed that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Israel proclaimed Jerusalem its capital after the end of the War of Independence in 1949. In 1967, after the Six Days War, it seized East Jerusalem and united it with the West Jerusalem, but the UN did not recognize this.
Embassies of countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel are located mainly in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Ramat Gan.
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