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March 5, 2017 2:44 pm

Arab Foreign Ministers at Cairo Summit Discuss ‘Palestinian Issue’ of Blocking Potential Relocation of US, Other Embassies to ‘Occupied Jerusalem’

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The US Embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Krokodyl via Wikimedia Commons.

The US Embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Krokodyl via Wikimedia Commons.

Foreign ministers of member states of the Arab League meeting in Cairo on Sunday and Monday will discuss, among other issues, how to block the potential move of embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to “occupied Jerusalem,” following US President Donald Trump’s lead, according to a statement by the body’s deputy secretary-general, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.

According to the statement, released to the press by Ahmed Bin Hali, this “Palestinian issue” will be among 28 items on the agenda relating to the role of Arab states in political, economic and social realms.

Bin Hali also said that the foreign ministers will discuss the “Arab League plan to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East,” and – ahead of the group’s upcoming summit in Jordan — the “lack of coordination” among Arab states, a veiled reference to the moves of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others growing closer to Israel in the shared struggle to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and keeping Tehran’s aims at regional hegemony in check.

“Efforts to the end are far from being realized,” Bin Hali added. “And thus there is no need to announce them publicly.” However, he said, “We are all in the same boat.”

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