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Arab League calls for formation of independent Palestinian state

The Arab League (AL) has called for the formation of a sovereign Palestinian state with East al-Quds as its capital, emphasizing the need for the resumption of stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks to that effect.

According to Press TV, in a final declaration issued Wednesday at the end of their annual summit in Jordan, Arab League leaders called for Zionist regime’s withdrawal from Occupied Territories and the formation of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders as the only way to achieve peace.

The Arab leaders denounced all Israeli efforts aimed at changing the legal and historical situation of holy Islamic and Christian sites in East al-Quds and called on the world countries not to relocate their embassies to al-Quds or recognize the city as the capital of Zionist regime.

They were apparently referring to US President Donald Trump’s controversial plans to relocate Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who attended the summit through video conference, voiced support for a so-called two-state solution as the “only path to ensure that Palestinians and Israelis” can live in peace.

Addressing the summit, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at Zionist regime for undermining a two-state solution by “increasing settlement building and confiscation.”

“Israel continues its schemes to take control of East al-Quds, to change its identity and character and not to respect the historical status of the holy sites of Islam and Christianity. Israel uses excuses to justify the continuation of its occupation, such as the demand to recognize it as a Jewish state. How long will this occupation and desecration of our holy places continue?” Abbas said.