Palestinians no longer accept US role as mediator, Abbas tells summit

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Recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel was a crime that threatens world peace, Palestinian president tells delegates in Istanbul

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has formally declared that Palestinians will no longer accept the US as a mediator in the Middle East peace process following Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In his strongest public statement since Trump’s announcement last week, Abbas called the move a “crime” that threatened world peace. He demanded the United Nations take charge of the peace process as Washington was no longer “fit” for the task.

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