Palestinian prime minister urges US Congress to recognize State of Palestine
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has called on US Congress to recognize an independent Palestinian state with East al-Quds as its capital.
During a meeting with a visiting delegation of US congressmen at his office in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday, Shtayyeh said Washington should amend laws and regulations that target the Palestinian Authority (PA) as well as the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
Shtayyeh also discussed with the US congressional delegation the so-called Middle East Peace Process between Palestinians and Israel, amid the Israeli regime’s attempts to wreck prospects for the purported two-state solution through occupation and violation of Palestinians’ rights.
He also asked the Biden administration to honor pledges it made to Palestinians, among them the reopening of the United States consulate in occupied East al-Quds.
Shtayyeh then called upon the US and other Western countries to stop Israel from jeopardizing the Middle East region’s future by insisting on its colonial policies and violations of human rights.
About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state, with East al-Quds as its capital. The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement expansion.
All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law as they are built on occupied land. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in several resolutions.