AL to Help Implement Fatah-Hamas Deal

The Arab League (AL) has agreed to support the recently-struck Palestinian reconciliation agreement that could pave the way for a new Palestinian unity government within a year.

On Tuesday, AL delegates agreed to form an Arab Supreme committee to help Palestinians implement the reconciliation deal between Fatah and Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), a Press TV correspondent reported.

The decision was made during an extraordinary Arab League session in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The committee, headed by Egypt, is expected to submit regular reports to the AL council after setting up its agenda.

AL Secretary General Amr Mousa said that the new committee “will not negotiate with Israel” over its agenda and emphasized that it rejects the so-called US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace process.’

On May 3, rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, signed a deal to end four years of divisions and establish a unity government.

They also agreed to form an interim government of technocrats and non-partisan figures to prepare for national elections within a year.

The deal, which is viewed as a milestone step towards the formation of a Palestinian state, has angered Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, during Tuesday’s meeting, AL Deputy Secretary General Ahmad Bin Helli said the organization plans to ask the United Nations to grant full membership to a Palestinian state based on borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war.

“We will seek a Palestinian state in the UN General Assembly,” Helli said.

However, UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss has stated that in order to gain recognition at the UN, a Palestinian state will need the backing of all five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council, which include the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China.

This is while the US has historically used its Security Council veto power in favor of Israeli interests, often justifying atrocities by the Tel Aviv regime against Palestinians and keeping Israel immune from any official condemnation and even criticism. 

(Press TV)

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