Abbas calls for international conference to advance peace efforts

Adam Rasgon – February 20, 2018

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for an international conference to advance peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians.

Abbas made the statement in a speech delivered on Tuesday to a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.“

We call for the convening of an international peace conference in mid-2018, based on international law and relevant UN resolutions, with broad international participation including the two concerned parties and the regional and international stakeholders,” Abbas said in a 30-minute speech.

Since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and initiated the relocation of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to the city, Abbas has said the Palestinians will no longer work with an American-dominated peace process and has called for the creation of an alternative peace process to replace it.