Djibouti president says normalization with Israel contradicts Arab peace plan

2020-12-26 17:19:00
Djibouti president says normalization with Israel contradicts Arab peace plan

The President Djibouti, a Muslim-majority nation located in East Africa, has criticized the normalization of relations between some Arab countries and Israel.

"The action of some Arab countries in normalizing relations with Israel contradicts the Arab peace plan," said Ismail Omar Guelleh, the Mehr news agency quoted Al-Jazeera.

"We oppose the politicization of ports in the Horn of Africa and these ports should be used away from conflicts,” he said.

In the Arab peace plan proposed by Saudi Arabia, if an independent Palestinian state is formed under a two-state plan, they will be willing to recognize Israel and normalize relations with the regime.

The administration of outgoing US President Donald Trump has led the diplomatic push that saw the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco normalize relations with Israel.

Far from bringing peace, observers say the normalization deals will set the stage for more violence and conflict in North Africa and the Middle East.

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