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US has disqualified itself from MidEast peace process: Abbas

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Gaza22Dec7PARIS (PNIC):-The U.S. can no longer play a mediating role in the Middle East peace process, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday after talks with his French counterpart in Paris.

Speaking at a joint news conference, Abbas and Emmanuel Macron welcomed Thursday's UN vote against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The vote saw 128 countries describe the U.S. decision as “null and void”. Nine countries voted against. The UN General Assembly vote was preceded by U.S. threats to withdraw aid from countries and cut backing for the UN.

"Following Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, the United States is no longer an honest mediator in the peace process. We will not accept any plans from the United States because of this partisan spirit and this violation of international law," Abbas said.

Abbas also condemned a threat by US President Donald Trump to end financial aid to the countries which voted at the UN against Washington’s move to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”

Macron, for his part, condemned Washington’s declaration on Jerusalem al-Quds, saying, “The Americans have marginalized themselves and I am trying to not do the same thing.”

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