Palestinian PM urges world to recognize Palestinian state

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RAMALLAH, June 15 (Xinhua) — Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye on Monday called on the world to recognize the establishment of a Palestinian state on the territories that Israel occupied in 1967.

During the weekly meeting of the Palestinian Authority cabinet, Ishtaye also called on other countries to impose sanctions on Israel for its plan of annexing parts of the West Bank.

According to an official statement issued after the meeting, Ishtaye affirmed that the Palestinian side fully rejects the annexation plan and imposing sovereignty on large Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

“The territories of the Palestinian state are one unit. It’s the territories that were occupied by Israel in 1967, including East Jerusalem,” said Ishtaye, adding that any peaceful solution “must include a fair solution of the refugees’ question.”

“The Israeli annexation plan is a real threat to the national Palestinian project and the Palestinian people,” he added.

Meanwhile, Salah al-Bardaweel, a senior leader of the Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, told a news briefing in Gaza that the Israeli annexation plan is an extension to the U.S. so-called “Deal of the Century.”

“All these schemes and plans aim at liquidating the just Palestinian cause,” he said, adding that Hamas plans to organize a series of activities soon against the Israeli annexation plan. Enditem

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