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FM al-Malki calls on Arab countries to stand with Palestinians

Sept. 12, 2018 3:24 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 13, 2018 11:37 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki, called on Wednesday on Arab countries to stand with the Palestinian people as they face obstacles resulting from recent decisions by the United States administration.

During an interview with the Voice of Palestine radio, Riyad al-Malki said that he briefed the Arab foreign ministers during their meeting at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo regarding the Palestinian situation and US's position toward the Palestinians.

Al-Malki said that Palestine would fight politically and legally towards the US measures taken against Palestinians and urged Arab countries stand in support of their fight.

He added that in the meeting he stressed the importance of the support of Arab countries for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which is currently facing a budget deficit, which was caused by the US decision to end all funds to the agency.

Al-Malki said that "Palestine is conducting intensive contacts to prepare for a vote at the General Assembly on the mandate of UNRWA, pointing out that they want the largest number of countries to vote for the continuation of the agency's work."

"The idea of resettling the Palestinian refugees in their host countries as apparently will be proposed by the United States in a step seen to end the refugee issue would not succeed because the US cannot take such an action on its own and the main host countries - Jordan, Syria and Lebanon – are against it."

Al-Malki also mentioned that a meeting was held at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah to discuss measures to provide counselor services for Palestinians living in the US, referring to the most recent US administration's decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) office in Washington.

"Palestine will file a complaint against Washington in international forums because of the damage caused to the interests of the Palestinian community in the United States with the closure of their representative office."
Regarding the Israeli High Court's approval to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, al-Malki said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) was informed on Tuesday of the need to speed up steps to pressure Israel to stop the demolition.
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