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Abbas urges European states to recognise State of Palestine

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Staff Writer | Monday February 25, 2019 8:37AM ET
Mahmoud Abbas
Middle East   Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged European states to play a more active role in the peace process and recognise a “State of Palestine”, reported the Times of Israel.

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“Has the time not come for European states that have not yet recognised the State of Palestine to do so, especially in light of your belief in the two-state solution?” Abbas said in a short speech at a two-day summit of Arab and European leaders in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

“You have recognised Israel, supported it since its establishment and defended its security. That is your right. But if you’ll allow me to say this: Your not recognising the Palestinian right to self-determination in its state is a move that contradicts your values and your European principles”.

According to Abbas, the recognition of a State of Palestine would not be a “substitute” for negotiations, but rather would encourage Palestinians to maintain hope for peace.

The Times of Israel reported that “Abbas also called on the Europeans to play a greater role in peace negotiations and repeated his frequent call for an international peace conference not under the auspices of the US”.


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