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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 09:35

PA condemns US envoys' presence at Israeli settler-linked event

Attendance of US officials at inauguration of archaeological site decried as 'hostile acts'

Palestinians have condemned the attendance of two United States officials at the inauguration of a tunnel at a contested archaeological site in occupied East Jerusalem that was organised by an Israeli settler-linked group.

In a statement, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said it viewed "the American attendance and celebration of the Judaisation activities in occupied East Jerusalem as hostile acts against the Palestinians."

"The administration of President Donald Trump proves day by day its ... unlimited affiliation to the colonial settlement project led by the extremist right in the state of the occupation (Israel)," it said.

US President Donald Trump in 2017 broke with decades of US policy by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and later moving its capital there from Tel Aviv.

The White House, which has also cut hundreds of millions of dollars in Palestinian aid, organised last week an economic conference in Bahrain meant to kick-start a long-awaited Middle East peace effort - but the Palestinians boycotted it.

Palestinian foreign ministry condemned "in the strongest terms the colonialist plans to replace the existing reality in occupied Jerusalem and the environs of the Old City".

Darul Ihsan Media Department

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