Abbas: We're willing to resume talks if Israel cancels sovereignty

PA chairman says he is ready to resume stalled peace talks but only if Israel stops its plan to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Elad Benari ,

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
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Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced on Tuesday that the Palestinians are ready to resume stalled peace talks if Israel stops its plan to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Abbas made his remarks in a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday night.

The PA chairman informed Johnson that the International Quartet and other countries have to sponsor any peace talks with Israel and the talks have to rely on international resolutions.

Abbas also briefed Johnson on the latest political developments in the region, mainly the Israeli “annexation plan”, according to the report.

He thanked Johnson for his country's position that supports achieving peace based on international legitimacy and rejects the sovereignty plan.

For his part, Johnson explained to Abbas that his country favors peace based on the two-state solution and rejects the Israeli plan to apply sovereignty, the report said.

The PA has expressed outrage over the coalition agreement between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, which stipulates that the government could have applied sovereignty over Judea and Samaria on July 1.

In response to the agreement, Abbas ordered the cancellation of agreements and understandings with Israel and the US, including the security understandings.

Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said recently that the PA has been mobilizing efforts with several countries within the UN General Assembly in order to establish an international coalition against the Israeli plan.



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