Palestinian FM reiterates rejection of Israeli annexation scheme

The Palestinian leadership on Monday renewed its categorical rejection of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, either partially or totally, and pledged to take the issue to the United Nations General Assembly.


In a statement, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki reaffirmed that the Palestinian people uphold their position and “will not be dragged behind statements made by the Israeli media, which aim to create a state of anxiety and undermine the Palestinian stance.”


“What is needed now is that countries should shift from expressing positions that reject the annexation to declaring punitive steps and measures against the occupation government to deter it from carrying out the annexation of parts of the state of Palestine,” he said.


He said that the Palestinians are determined to go to the United Nations, adding that the Palestinian leadership had asked for an emergency meeting of the General Assembly to discuss steps that will be taken by member nations toward the annexation.


Malki said that he is discussing with the General Assembly president an alternative path in the event that the assembly failed to convene due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Source: Jordan News Agency