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KSA rejects Israel's West Bank annexation plans

KSA rejects Israel's West Bank annexation plans

AMMAN, May 22: Saudi Arabia said on Thursday that it rejected Israel's pledge to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank.
The Foreign Ministry stressed the Kingdom's "condemnation of any unilateral decisions and any violation of legitimate international decisions."
It said it opposed anything that hinders the peace process to achieve stability in the region. The Kingdom continued to "support the Palestinians and their choices, as well as their right to establish their own independent state."
Israel's new coalition government is expected to discuss proposals to annex Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.
In response, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he was cutting off all agreements signed with Israel and the US, and had informed those countries of his intentions, according to Arab News.
The Israeli threat to annex the land has been widely condemned by both Arab and Western nations. The Vatican said the Israeli move was concerning and could further compromise peace dialogue.
Respect for international law and UN resolutions was an "indispensable element for the two peoples to live side by side," the Vatican said following talks between chief foreign policy official Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. "The Holy See is following the situation closely, and expresses concern about any future actions that could further compromise dialogue," the Vatican said.
Speaking to a select group of journalists Erekat said that Palestine will happily attend an international conference arranged by Russia.
"We have been in contact for some time with the quartet which includes Russia and we have been discussing the possibility of a quartet plus meeting that could include Saudi Arabia, UAE, China, and others." Erekat said that Palestinians are proud of their relations with the Russians and "we will attend any meeting that they organize on the terms of reference of what has been agreed."

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