Palestinian Authority quits Arab League in protest over Israel peace deals

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style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Palestinian Authority quits Arab League in protest over Israel peace deals

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa07702945 Palestinian National Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki during a joint press conference following a meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek (unseen) at the Czernin Palace, in Prague, Czech Republic, 08 July 2019. EPA-EFE/MILAN KAMMERMAYER

Palestinian National Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki during a joint press conference following a meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek (unseen) at the Czernin Palace, in Prague, Czech Republic, 08 July 2019. EPA-EFE/MILAN KAMMERMAYER

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The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday quit its rotating chairmanship of Arab League meetings. “Palestine has decided to concede its right to chair the League’s council [of foreign ministers] at its current session. “The state of Palestine … refuses to record in its history the association of its presidency with the regression in values and principles that was evident in the last meeting of the council of foreign ministers”, Maliki said. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed deals in Washington on September 15 that normalize ties with Israel, a move the Palestinians view as a blow to their efforts to end the Israeli occupation and achieve an independent state. Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn nations breaking ranks and normalising relations with Israel. There is no honour in seeing Arabs rush towards normalisation during its presidency”, foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki said.
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