Talks with United States administration useless, Abbas says

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 15, 2019

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged the new government "to fight the [Israeli] occupation with all legal means".

A longtime adviser to Abbas and a senior member of his Fatah party, Ishtaye and his 24-member cabinet took the oath of office at Abbas' headquarters in Ramallah, all vowing to respect the law and the Palestinian constitutional system, The Associated Press reported.

Hamas said in a statement that the new government "resorts to unilateralism and monopoly of power".

He also expressed reservations about the truce talks carried out by Egypt in the Strip, accusing Hamas of working on a project to separate the Strip from the West Bank.

Two factions of Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) refused to take part in Shtayyeh's government.

Abbas spoke during the first meeting on Saturday evening, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah City, in the central occupied West Bank, with the newly formed 18th government, saying, "We have many hard and complicated tasks, first of which is the 'Deal of the Century, ' of which I think nothing is left undeclared".

The peace plan is being developed by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew whose close family ties to Netanyahu have heightened Palestinian suspicions over whether the U.S. administration can serve as an honest broker.

Ties between the United States and the PA were severed after US President Donald Trump declared in late 2017 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and moved his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to the city in 2018.

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