Al-Maliki calls for Arab support against U.S. policies

Ramallah, Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, called for an Arab political and legal support to the Palestinian position against what he deemed “a hostile US stance against the Palestinian cause.”

Meeting of the Arab affairs ministers, held at the headquarters of the Arab League on Tuesday, underscored support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) at all levels, al-Maliki said in a statement on Wednesday, adding communications are ongoing to guarantee financial and political backing to the organization on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly forthcoming meeting in New York.

The State of Palestine is making intensive contacts in preparation for the voting in the U.N. General Assembly regarding the work of UNRWA, the minister announced, saying: “we want as many countries to vote in favor of keeping the agency functioning.”

“The idea of settling Palestinian refugees, floated by the United States, will never materialize because this issue is not a unilateral American decision and the hosting countries, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon utterly reject it,” he added.

On Washington’s decision to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization D.C. office, al-Maliki said the meeting, which was held in Ramallah on Tuesday, discussed the consular services to the Palestinians in the U.S. and said Palestine will lodge a complaint against Washington at international forums for harming Palestinian community’s interests in the U.S.

As for the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village, al-Maliki said: “we informed the International Criminal Court (ICC) of the necessity to expedite steps to put pressure on Israel to stop the demolition decision,” adding the Palestinian delegation in the Hague will prompt the ICC to stop the Israeli step.

Source: Jordan News Agency