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Abbas called on African countries not to rush to normalize relations with Israel

Speaking at the 29th summit of the African Union, the head of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas called on those present to take the time to establish friendly relations with Israel.

«Israel’s participation in a regional summit with African countries is encouraging the Israeli occupation of Palestine and allows Israel to continue to deny the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination», — said the head of the Palestinian authority.

Mahmoud Abbas said that «the Palestinian people» hopes to obtain diplomatic support from the African Union. «If you continue to vote for international resolutions in support of Palestine, you support the principle of «two States,» Abbas said.

Mahmoud Abbas also said that his administration appreciates the efforts of the President of the United States Donald trump for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. «We are now waiting for Israel’s response to our proposals, which will allow you to sign a historic peace agreement,» he said.

Concern about the strengthening of ties between Israel and Africa has been expressed by the League of Arab States. An emergency meeting of the Arab League was convened on 12 June at the insistence of the Palestinian authority against the visit of Benjamin Netanyahu to Liberia, where he took part in the summit of the West African countries (ECOWAS).

The visit to Liberia was the second visit of the head of the Israeli government in Africa over the last two years. In 2016, Netanyahu called for East African countries, where he met with the heads of seven countries.

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Abbas called on African countries not to rush to normalize relations with Israel 03.07.2017

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