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Palestinian Authority Official Urges Arabs to Recall Ambassadors From Washington

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Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, February 1, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Mohamed Abd El Ghany.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki suggested on Thursday that Arab countries should recall their ambassadors to the United States in response to Washington moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

“There is no harm in Arab states collectively recalling their ambassadors in Washington to their capitals for consultations,” Maliki said in live televised remarks at the Arab League in Cairo.

The United States opened its new Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. The same day, dozens of Palestinian rioters — most of whom were members of terror groups — were killed in Hamas-orchestrated unrest on the Israel-Gaza Strip border.

Maliki also said members of the Arab League, whose foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Thursday to discuss the issue, should summon US ambassadors “to remind them of the Arab rejection of the US embassy’s transfer to Jerusalem.”

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He said Arab states had agreed at previous summit meetings that they would cut ties with any country that moves its embassy to Jerusalem.

Lebanon’s delegation said its Foreign Ministry had sent a letter to the International Criminal Court demanding it “undertake measures” to hold to account those responsible for the killings of Palestinians. It did not specify what those measures should be.

It was unclear what the response would be to Maliki’s suggestion. Several Arab countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia enjoy strong ties with the administration of President Donald Trump.

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