World Bulletin / News Desk
A recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would figure high on the agenda of Abbas’ talks in Saudi Arabia, Palestinian ambassador in Riyadh Bassam al-Agha told the official Voice of Palestine radio on Monday.
The diplomat denied reports that Abbas had been pressured by Saudi officials during his last visit last month to the oil-rich kingdom.
“These reports are unfounded and aim at undermining Palestinian-Saudi relations,” he said.
Israeli and foreign media earlier claimed that Abbas had been pressured by Saudi officials to make substantial concessions to Israel.
On Dec. 6, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking angry demonstrations in many Muslim countries and worldwide condemnation.
Rebuffing the move, an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul last week declared East Jerusalem to be Palestine’s capital.
Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.
Hamas, Islamic Jihad announced plans earlier to boycott scheduled meeting of PLO’s National Council
Canadian provinces at war over future delivery of oil to Pacific countries
Terrorists killed during operations in Saladin governorate
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'Both chlorine and sarin gas were used in the attack,' says State Department spokesperson
Move ‘is just one step in a journey that requires dedication,’ says coffee chain’s CEO
Turkish Air Force targets Zap region in northern Iraq, according to military
German foreign minister calls for reviving political talks after US-led airstrikes on Assad regime
Over $300 million worth of weapons and equipment will go to US allies in Syria if approved by Congress
The Japanese prime minister will make his second visit to Trump's ostentatious Palm Beach, Florida estate, when the focus will be on trade and security.
Still no explanation for illnesses experienced by Canadians, Americans
The ruling comes as the social network is snared in a scandal over the mishandling of 87 million users' data ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.
Fights among inmates erupted Sunday evening at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina and was brought under control at 2:55 am on Monday.
Nigeria, West Africa's largest economy, is among the countries combatting extremism with help from the United States.