In a meeting with the Russian deputy foreign minister and special envoy of the Russian president to the Middle East, the Arab League Secretary-General said that there could not be a relationship between the Arab states and Israel until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reaches a permanent solution.







Ahmed Aboul-Gheit

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Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said the Arab countries will not begin normal relations with Israel until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is solved. “It will not be possible to establish normal relations between the Arabs and Israel before settling the Palestinian cause fairly and permanently, ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” said Abul-Gheit, according to China’s Xinhua News Agency.

These remarks came after a meeting with Russian deputy foreign minister and special envoy of the Russian president to the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov at the AL headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The two discussed a mini-Arab ministerial meeting with several European ministers on the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, which was held because of the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.