Arab leaders: Two-state solution best option in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The offer stipulates that Israel will gain normalization with the Arab states if it promises to leave the Palestinian land it's occupied since the 1967 war and agrees to deal on Palestinian refugees.

The agenda of the Summit was topped by the turmoil in Syria, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Islamic State (IS).

He noted that the summit welcomed the U.S. Special Envoy for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt "and that was a message that we want to achieve peace and want to work with the new U.S. administration for peace and we looking forward for intensive consultations with it to achieve peace".

Arab leaders have been unable to find common ground on how to end Syria's conflict, which in six years has left more than 320,000 dead and forced millions from their homes.

Jordan's king has told the opening session of an Arab summit that there can be no peace or stability in the region without setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Since taking office in January, US President Donald Trump has sent mixed signals over how his administration will address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including a break with decades of US policy by saying he would be open to a one-state solution if it meant peace.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he's waiting to hear from the USA on the extent to which Israel is willing to curb settlement construction.

After the Russian military action in Syria, which allowed Assad's army to reconquer Aleppo and other parts of the country torn by war, Moscow seems to be occupying a larger role in Libya.

The participants will also discuss the Palestinian issue, Arab-Israeli conflict and re-energising the Arab peace initiative.

By focusing on the Palestinian plight, Arab leaders are hoping to bring renewed attention to a conflict that has been overshadowed by the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and the wars that have followed in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

Hadi's troops, backed by a Saudi-led global military coalition of mostly Arab states, have been fighting against Houthi rebels in the conflict which escalated in 2015.

"We reject any intervention in the internal affairs of Arab countries", the League's leaders said in a declaration at the end of their one-day meeting, referring to Tehran.

Divided Arab leaders have gathered at the annual Arab summit where the call for Palestinian statehood is taking center stage.

He commended the consensus reached on the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as well as the unified and direct message sent to the USA administration regarding the rejection of any attempts to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump is also expected to meet other Arab leaders in the coming weeks, including Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah II.

President Bashar Assad is absent.

Guterres also denounced the rise of "populist political leaders" in the West who "for shortsighted and cynical reasons distort Islam to spread anti-Muslim hatred, playing into the hands of terrorist and extremist groups".

In October 2016, the tension between Egypt and Saudi Arabia started in the UN Security Council when Egypt voted in favour of two rival resolutions regarding peace in Syria.

  • Leroy Wright


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