Palestinians take part in a protest against the Arab-Israeli normalization agreements in Gaza City, on Sept. 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Rizek Abdeljawad)

Palestine proposes excluding US from Mideast Quartet to advance stalled negotiations with Israel

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A senior Palestinian official said on Saturday that Palestine has proposed to exclude the United States from the Middle East Quartet to advance the stalled peace talks with Israel.

“Palestine proposed to Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations to hold a meeting, with the participation of other states but without the United States, to discuss convening an international peace conference,” Azzam el-Ahmad, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, told official Voice of Palestine radio.

The current Middle East Quartet, with the mandate to facilitate the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, comprises the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations.

However, el-Ahmad noted, Washington’s role in the Quartet could be reactivated after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden administration takes office, depending on its support of the two-state solution.

“There is no alternative to the two-state solution,” he said. “Implementing this vision requires fulfilling the legitimate rights of the Palestinians and establishing an independent state on 1967 borders.”

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