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Abbas to announce alternative plan to 'Deal of the Century'

Aug. 30, 2018 2:11 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 31, 2018 2:52 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyad Malki, said on Thursday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly next month, will announce the Palestinians' categorical rejection of American-Israeli plans aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause, through the so-called "Deal of the Century."

During an interview with the official Voice of Palestine radio, Riyad Malki, said that Abbas will reiterate that the alternative to the United States-Israeli plan is the peace plan he presented last February to the UN Security Council.

Abbas had called for an international peace conference to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with a multilateral mechanism for implementation as an alternative to American mediation.

This followed after the Palestinians declared the United States unfit to be the mediator in the peace process after it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans to reject the Palestinians' right of return, in order to get it off the negotiations table.

Malki said that "the Palestinian leadership will take steps to mobilize support for the president's speech."

He stressed that the leadership will face the US administration and its plans to liquidate the Palestinian issue through two strategies, first being political and diplomatic in the UN and second being the legal path, which has the power to be implemented and the US cannot veto.

Malki said that the Palestinians will respond to the US President Donald Trump's speech at the UN if he announced his "Deal of the Century" either through a press conference or through Abbas' speech, which would take place two days after Trump's.

He added that the "Palestinians will provide alternatives to what the US administration is doing, which is based on force and the policy of bullying led by the US president."

Malki concluded "Palestine is not the only country affected by this American policy," and called on all countries affected by it to unite their ranks to be able to confront it.

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