Arab League rejects Trump's Middle East plan

Arab leaders say US initiative does not meet 'minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people'.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives for the emergency meeting in Cairo, Egypt. Mohamed Abd el-Ghany/Reuters

The Arab League has completely rejected US President Donald Trump's Middle East plan during an emergency meeting in Egypt's capital, saying it would not lead to a just peace deal.

In a statement on Saturday, the pan-Arab bloc said it "rejects the US-Israeli 'deal of the century' considering that it does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people."

Arab states also agreed "not to ... cooperate with the US administration to implement this plan," adding that Israel should not implement the initiative by force. They insisted on a two-state solution that includes a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war, when Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. They also called for East Jerusalem to be the capital of the future Palestinian state.

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