Arab League says two-state solution required

2017-02-16 16:37
FILE. A general view of a meeting on Syria at the Arab League in Cairo. (Khaled Desouki, AFP)

FILE. A general view of a meeting on Syria at the Arab League in Cairo. (Khaled Desouki, AFP)

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Cairo - Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Thursday resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would require a two-state solution, a day after Washington signalled it would drop that demand.

Abul Gheit affirmed that the conflict "requires a comprehensive and just peace based on a two-state solution with an independent Palestinian state," a statement said after he met UN chief Antonio Guterres in Cairo.

His comments came a day after US President Donald Trump met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and suggested a two-state solution was not necessary.

Guterres had also called for a two-state solution on Wednesday in a speech in Cairo, saying there was "no Plan B".

The Arab League statement said he and Abul Gheit "agreed that the two-state solution remains the real way to achieving" peace.

For the better part of half a century, successive US governments - both Republican and Democrat - have backed a two-state solution.

Palestinian Liberation Organisation secretary-general Saeb Erekat said the PLO remained committed to two states and would oppose any system that discriminated against Palestinians.

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