Palestinian President to address UN Security Council on Feb 20 amid US tensions

UNITED NATIONS: Mahmood Abbas, Palestinian President will address the 15-member security council on 20th of February during the body’s meeting on the Middle East amid a row over the United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Abbas has said he will ask for the council to provide full United Nations membership to Palestine.

This comes after United States Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley lashed onto Abbas, saying he (Abbas) lacked the guts needed for initiating the peace process.
Kuwait’s Ambassador to United Nations Mansour al-Otaibi told reporters that it was important for the top United Nation body to hear the president himself during the Middle East debate.

The tension between the United States and Palestine have risen after Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to cut the funding to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRAW) for Palestine refugees.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said in a statement that Abbas’s address in the United Nations Security Council would further damage possibility for the peace talks with Israel.
Danny said, “After disseminating anti-Semitic messages in recent speeches, Mahmood Abbas is now seeking to put an end to any possibility of negotiations with Israel.”

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