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Arab leaders at summit endorse two-state solution

The 28th Arab League Summit endorsed the two-state solution in its closing statement on Wednesday, saying the Arab world would be ready to reconcile with Israel if it withdrew from the land it conquered in the 1967 war.

“We affirm that we will continue to work to relaunch serious Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations... that take place within a set period of time based on the two-state solution,” the closing statement said.


The statement came after a slew of Arab leaders, meeting at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center at the Dead Sea in Jordan, reaffirmed their support for the two-state solution in the day’s morning session, as a number of them prepare to meet US President Donald Trump in April.

Jordanian King Abdullah, who presided over the opening session last Thursday, said that regional stability depends on the resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by way of the two-state solution.

Trump surprised Arab leaders on February 15 when he said that he does not commit to a two-state solution.

“I’m looking at two-state or one-state; I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one both parties like. I can live with either one,” Trump said at a White House press conference, standing alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The summit’s concluding statement also called on all countries not to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem, and to respect all UN Security Council resolutions.

The summit approved more than 10 resolutions on Wednesday pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Syrian crisis, the Yemeni civil war, the ongoing conflict in Libya, and other issues.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said that the Arab League summit is a display of the challenges facing the Arab world.

“One of these is the Palestinian issue, which should not be ignored, but at the same time none of us should lose sight of the strategic regional challenges that need to be addressed now, including the Iranian threat, the threat of the Islamic State organization and the phenomenon of the ongoing crisis and conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya,” he said.

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