The Arab League declined to pass a resolution on Wednesday that would have denounced the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its normalisation agreement with Israel, Palestinian officials announced.
Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Hossam Zaki told reporters: “Discussions regarding this point were serious. It was comprehensive and took some time. But it did not lead in the end to agreement about the draft resolution that was proposed by the Palestinian side.”
The secretary-general of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, stressed during his speech at the start of the 154th session that the Palestinian cause was and will continue to be the subject of Arab consensus, and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative remains the road map for a just solution.
“The goal all our Arab countries seek, without exception, is to end the [Israeli] occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Aboul Gheit said.
To achieve comprehensive and just peace between the Arabs and Israel, he added, the Arab Peace Initiative was still “the basic plan agreed upon by the Arab world”.
“I reiterate our rejection of any plans or arrangements presented internationally that would undermine the Palestinian right, or prejudice the status of the city of Jerusalem, whose case should be resolved within the framework of the final settlement.”