Ethiopia: African leaders urged to demand end to Israeli occupation of Palestine

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, urged African leaders on Monday to demand an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and announced that his country was ready to accept a US peace plan for a two-state solution to the standoff with Israel.

“We will endeavor to build bridges with Israel instead of building roads of exclusion. A just solution to the Palestinian cause is just peace,” the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) said in his speech at the 29th session of the African Union Heads of State and Government Assembly.

The Head of the Palestinian Authority regretted the 69 years of occupation by Israel and urged the AU Summit to demand that Israel commits itself to ending its standoff with Palestine as a precondition to restoring diplomatic ties.

While assuring the African leaders of Palestine’s readiness to contribute financially towards the development of clean energy and agriculture through the Palestinian Agency for International Cooperation, Abbas pledged his State’s readiness to work towards combating terrorism.

Israel has been lobbying African leaders to accept its proposal to become a permanent observer of the AU. Most countries in Africa do not have diplomatic ties with Israel over its occupation of Palestine.

The AU has been consistent on its rejection of colonialism under any forms.

Abbas said following talks with US President Donald Trump at the White House, there was a ray of hope for peace with Israel.

“There is a new ray of hope to make peace based on a two-state solution. This is a timely move. We assured President Trump of our readiness for peace and to combat terrorism. We also reaffirmed our readiness to accelerate investment cooperation with the African Union,” Abbas said.
-0- PANA AO/VAO 3July2017

03 july 2017 15:48:15

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