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Qatar slams US move on Israeli settlements

QNA/AFP
Doha
Qatar has rejected the US declaration that establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank do not violate international law.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said this declaration would hinder the efforts of peace as well as hopes for a two-state solution, and would deepen tensions in the region.
The statement reiterated Qatar’s firm stance in supporting the Palestinian cause and the steadfastness of the brotherly Palestinian people derived from the resolutions of international legitimacy and the two-state solution in a way that ensures the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The US announcement has triggered condemnation in the Arab world and beyond.
Condemning Pompeo’s statement on Israeli settlements, Arab League’s General Secretariat warned that this unfortunate change in the American position would push the Israeli settlers to commit more violence and brutality against the Palestinian people.
The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) made clear that they continue to view Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories as illegal.