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UAE Foreign Minister reiterates desire to find solution to Palestinian cause

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash was speaking at extraordinary session of the Arab League Council

UAE Foreign Minister reiterates desire to find solution to Palestinian cause

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

The UAE is committed to supporting all efforts aimed at finding a permanent solution to the Palestinian cause, according to Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

Gargash was speaking during the extraordinary session of the Arab League Council on Saturday in Cairo at the foreign ministerial level to discuss the peace plan announced by the US Administration, better known as the "Deal of the Century".

"The UAE underlines the necessity to support dialogue and start direct negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli parties in order to ensure that nothing on the ground would undermine the just course of the cause," Gargash said.

"Within this context, we highly appreciate the serious efforts made by the United States of America to advance the peace process. In our view, however, these efforts do not represent a final vision, which we think should be based mainly on the consent of the two parties," he added.

The UAE's Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, issued a statement after US President Donald Trump announced his Middle East peace deal last week.

In it he said: “The UAE believes that Palestinians and Israelis can achieve lasting peace and genuine coexistence with the support of the international community. 

“The plan announced today offers an important starting point for a return to negotiations within a US-led international framework.”

On Sunday Gargash accused Turkey of “colonial illusions” in the Arab world on his Twitter feed after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised the Gulf state for its stance on the peace plan.

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