Dec 13, 2017, 1:50 PM
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Palestine president rules out US role in peace process

Istanbul, Dec 13, IRNA/Anadolu – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said his country would not accept a future role for the US in the Middle East peace process.

The declaration came in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli regime’s capital last week.

“We will never allow the US role in the future peace process,” Abbas told a special meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.

He added that Palestinians did “not want American mediation anymore.”

Turkey is hosting the 57 member OIC conference following the US decision, which has been widely condemned by world leaders. The summit is expected to develop a unified Muslim position on Trump’s anti-Palestinian policy.

Abbas said that Jerusalem (Holy Quds) “is and always will be the capital of Palestine” as he called on the world to acknowledge the city as such.

“Peace will not come unless Jerusalem is recognized as Palestine's capital,” he added.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem – currently occupied by Israel – will eventually become the capital of a Palestinian state.

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