People will not accept any role for US in Mideast peace process:Palestinian president

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the U.S. can no longer lead the Mideast peace process, after President Trump sided with Israel over recognizing Jerusalem as its capital.

Vastavam web: The Palestinian president said today his people will not accept any role for the United States in the Mideast peace process “from now on,” following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Mahmoud Abbas spoke at a gathering of heads of state and top officials from Islamic nations at a summit in Turkey that is expected to forge a unified Muslim world’s stance against Trump’s move.The Palestinian leader also said that the Palestinians are committed to a peaceful resolution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict but that after Trump’s pivot on Jerusalem, Washington is not accepted as a fair negotiator.

The Istanbul gathering of heads of state and top officials from the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation could offer the Muslim world’s strongest response yet to Washington’s move.Jerusalem’s status is at the core of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Trump’s December 6 announcement was widely perceived as siding with Israel. It also raised fears of more bloodshed as past crises over Jerusalem had triggered violent outbreaks.Earlier, in opening remarks to a pre-summit meeting, Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, told OIC foreign ministers that the US decision aims to “legitimize Israel’s attempt to occupy Jerusalem.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, Jordanian King Abdullah II and top ministers of numerous nations were to attend the gathering in Istanbul.

In an emergency meeting in Cairo last weekend, Arab foreign ministers demanded that the United States rescind Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.In a resolution long on rhetoric but short on concrete actions, the ministers also called for the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Trump’s decision, but acknowledged that Washington would most likely veto it.The Palestinians equally lay claim to Jerusalem and want the eastern part of the city as capital of their future state.Some 320,000 Palestinians live in that part of the city and Palestinians claim a deep cultural, historical and religious connection to the city.