Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held a meeting with a US delegation headed by the Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Barbara Leaf.
Abbas stressed that the current situation cannot be tolerated in the absence of a political horizon and international protection for the Palestinian people.
He also highlighted Israel’s failure to fulfil its obligations in accordance with signed agreements and resolutions of international legitimacy.
The president said: “Our goal is to get rid of the occupation on the basis of the resolutions of international legitimacy. East Jerusalem is and will remain forever the capital of the State of Palestine.”
Abbas underscored those mass incursions by extremist Israeli radicals into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the ongoing expulsion of Palestinians from Jerusalem, the home demolition policy and the murder of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces have become a daily reality in Palestine under Israel's military occupation.
He affirmed: “We will not compromise on our national principles and we will remain steadfast in our land. It is time for the occupation to leave.”
Moreover, the president asserted that the Palestinian leadership “is in the process of taking measures to confront the Israeli escalation, in light of the inability of the international community to compel Israel to comply with the resolutions of international legitimacy, and to stop its criminal and occupying practices of ethnic cleansing and racial discrimination.”
In the same vein, Abbas also stressed the need to remove the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from the US list of terrorism, to reopen the US consulate in East Jerusalem and the PLO office in Washington as a full and committed partner in the peace process, and to stop all unilateral actions.