Palestinian leadership to reconsider relations with Arab League

Clay Curtis
September 15, 2020

The Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have arrived in Washington to attend a signing ceremony of peace treaties with Israel.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtayeh has said the government will present a recommendation to President Mahmoud Abbas to reconsider relations with the Arab League.

"Any normalization step that is being taken by any Arab country is considered a breach of the Arab consensus, and the Palestinian people's struggle", he included.

US President Donald Trump and senior American administration officials will preside over the ceremonies.

"The Arab League has become a symbol of the Arab inaction", Ishtayeh said during his weekly cabinet meeting.

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"Tuesday will be a black day in the history of the Arab nations and a defeat of the Arab League institution", Ishtayeh said.

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