Palestinian President bans offensive statements towards Arab leaders including UAE

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (File: Reuters)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas banned any offensive statements or actions towards Arab leaders, including UAE leaders, the presidency’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said on Tuesday.

The spokesman also stressed Palestine’s keenness on protecting the brotherly relations with all Arab countries on the basis of mutual respect, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

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Abu Rudeineh added that Arab countries must adhere to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.

The UAE and Israel announced on August 13 that they would normalize diplomatic relations in a US-brokered historic deal.

Palestinians seek a state on land occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war, with East Jerusalem, also captured then by Israel, as their capital. Israel deems Jerusalem to be its eternal, indivisible capital.

Israel agreed as part of the accord with the UAE to suspend plans to annex parts of the occupied territories, but Palestinians said they were blindsided by the announcement and rejected it, calling it a “betrayal.”

The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef al-Hajraf called on the Palestinian leadership, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to apologize for the “irresponsible language of incitement and threats” towards the Gulf countries that was used by some Palestinian factions’ leaders during a meeting on September 3.

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