UN chief welcomes joint statement by US, UAE and Israel

New York, August 14, 2020 — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed a joint statement by the leaders of the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Israel suspending Israel’s annexation of Palestinian territories, which the Un has consistently called for.

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“Annexation would effectively close the door to a resumption of negotiations and destroy the prospect of a viable Palestinian state and the two-state solution,” Guterres said in a statement on Thursday. The Secretary-General also expressed the hope that the agreement “will enable the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to resume meaningful negotiations that will kill a two state solution in accordance with relevant UN resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements.”