Palestinian PM meets US lawmakers, warns Israel plunging region into volatility

Palestinian PM meets US lawmakers, warns Israel plunging region into volatility

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh meets a US Congressional delegation in Ramallah (WAFA)

Ramallah (UNA-OIC) – Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Wednesday warned that Israel was plunging the whole region into further volatility.

This came in a meeting with a US Congressional delegation at the prime minister’s office in Ramallah, where he said, “Israel is systematically destroying the two-state solution with its [colonial] settlement campaign, and plunging the region into a perilous situation with its ongoing human rights violations.”

Shtayyeh briefed the delegation, led by Sen. Chris Coons, the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, on the prospects of the long-stymied peace process, and bilateral relations with the United States.

He stressed the need for the US administration to fulfill its electoral pledges, foremost of which is reopening the US Consulate in Jerusalem, which serves as a mainstay of the bilateral Palestinian-US relations.

The premier slammed the Israeli occupation authorities’ decision declaring six prominent Palestinian civil society and human rights organizations as “terrorist organizations”. The organizations advocate for Palestinian human rights at the local and international levels, provide services and support to women, children, farmers, and prisoners, and collectively support thousands of Palestinians across the occupied territories.

“These organizations serve the Palestinian society, operate within the Palestinian law, and constitute an important part of the Palestinian institutional landscape. Therefore, any violations against them are rejected,” he stated.

He called upon the US Congress to pressure Israel to respect all signed agreements, which serve as a key to any future political track, and enable the Palestinian leadership to hold elections in all the occupied territories, including Jerusalem.

Shtayyeh described the US administration’s condemnation of the Israeli colonial settlement construction as “a step in the right direction” while urging it to translate such a condemnation into concrete and deterrent actions to preserve the two-state solution.

The prime minister called on the US Congress to push for the amendment of laws and regulations that target the State of Palestine (Palestinian Authority) and the Palestine Liberation Organization and link them to terrorism as well as for the development of bilateral relations that are not centered around Israel.

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