Web
	Analytics Made Easy - StatCounter
Rasa News Agency - Pope meets Abbas, voices concern over al-Quds status
Monday, December 17, 2018
Service : > World > Asia
Time : Wednesday, December 5, 2018
News ID: 441897
 
Pope meets Abbas, voices concern over al-Quds status
Rasa - In a meeting with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis has expressed his concern about the status of Jerusalem al-Quds, months after the US recognized the occupied Palestinian city as Israel’s “capital” in defiance of widespread international criticism.

RNA - The two met at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Monday, with Abbas briefing the Holy See on “the implications of the US decision” last year, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

 

Washington’s move shocked the international community, flying in the face of the Palestinians’ demand that the city’s eastern part serve as the capital of their future state.

 

The Palestinian Authority, in return, stopped recognizing any mediating role by Washington, which not only remained defiant, but also relocated the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds.

 

The city hosts al-Aqsa Mosque’s compound, Islam’s holiest site, and is also of religious significance to Christians and Jews.

 

During the meeting, “particular attention was reserved for the status of Jerusalem, underlining the importance of recognizing and preserving its identity and the universal value of the holy City for the three Abrahamic religions,” a Vatican statement said, referring to Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

 

Last year, the Vatican reacted to US President Donald Trump’s contentious policy shift on Jerusalem al-Quds, saying the city’s “status quo” had to be respected.

 

Israel seized the entire Palestinian territory of the West Bank, including East al-Quds, in 1967. The international law considers the territory as occupied and views the regime’s construction activities there as illegal.

 

Abbas also told Pope Francis, “We pray for peace this Christmas season and we trust you,” Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported.

 

He also paid a visit to the Italian capital, Rome, where he held talks with President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte over the latest developments in the region as well as ways to bolster bilateral ties.

 

US ‘obstacle to Mideast peace’

 

Abbas, meanwhile, stressed in remarks to Italian daily La Stampa that the US efforts do not contribute to peace in the Middle East.

 

“The US cannot be the only mediator in the Middle East,” he asserted.

 

Washington under Trump has also been planning to roll out a so-called “peace” plan for the Middle East, hailing it as “the deal of the century.”

 

The plan, however, reportedly ignores key Palestinian demands, including their claim to al-Quds.

 

“A state which constantly imposes punitive sanctions against Palestine cannot be a mediator. US leadership is an obstacle in the Middle East," Abbas added.

 

The US has also ended its contributions to UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.

 

“We do not want to continue to cooperate with the current US administration," the PA chief said. “We will not agree with conditions that violate international law.”

 

847/940

Share
Send Comment
Name :
E-mail:(Optional)
Comment Text:
Send
Comments
Monday, December 17, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/16/583069/US-Iran-Saudi-Arabia
America should work with Iran rather than Saudi Arabia: American academic
Rasa - America should be cooperating with Iran rather than terror-sponsoring Saudi Arabia, says an American university professor, adding that it is “very shameful” that things are currently the other ...
Monday, December 17, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970925000264
US Setting Up More Military Bases in Raqqa Near Border with Turkey
Rasa - The US army set up two more military bases in Syria's Raqqa province near the border with Turkey as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dispatched military convoys to the region to confront an i...
Monday, December 17, 2018
www.rasanews.ir/detail/news/589826/29‎
Ayatollah Ka’bi emphasizes on the vigilance of Muslims against American policies
Rasa – Ayatollah Ka’bi emphasized, ‎‎“The sinister policies of the United States against the ‎Muslim nations of the world are not ‎hidden and Muslims must be vigilant in dealing with its ‎evil policie...
Monday, December 17, 2018
http://www.rasanews.ir/detail/News/589882/96
The Islamic Revolution has served the Iranian people for the past 40 years: Tabarsi
Rasa – The representative of the Supreme Leader in Mazandaran province said that over ‎the past four decades, valuable services were provided by the Islamic system to the people.‎
Monday, December 17, 2018
Interview
At least seven killed in Indian-occupied Kashmir
Rasa – A resident of Indian-occupied Kashmir said that seven civilians and ‎three terrorists killed were killed in an encounter in Indian-occupied Kashmir.‎
Monday, December 17, 2018
2:55
10.3 MB
Rasa - Imam Hassan al-Askari and other Shiite Imams want their followers to do in accordance of ethics.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583020/funeral-West-Bank-Israel
Palestinian teenage boy killed by Israeli forces laid to rest
Rasa - Palestinians have held a funeral procession for a teenager shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the occupied West Bank.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000552
'Mayhem', 'Revolution' Like Never Before If British Politicians Don't Deliver Brexit: Yellow Vests UK
Rasa - Yellow vest-wearing activists took to the streets of London on Friday, blocking traffic and chanting pro-Brexit slogans, saying about their mistrust in politicians and hopes for a clean exit fr...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583010/Afghanistan-Kunar-airstrike
US airstrike kills 20 civilians in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar: Officials
Rasa - At least 20 women and children have been killed in an airstrike conducted by US warplanes in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar, local officials say.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000410
US Sends $331mln Bill to Saudi Arabia, UAE After Refueling 'Accounting Error'
Rasa - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should pay the US military $331 million more for the aerial refueling they received during the Yemen war, the Pentagon said, citing an "accounting erro...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583003/India-Kashmir-protest-proindependence-militants
7 Kashmir civilians shot dead by Indian troops
Rasa - Seven civilians have been killed and nearly two dozen injured when Indian troops fired on protesters in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000160
Israeli Forces Injure Tens of Palestinians at Gaza Border, West Bank: Report
Rasa - Dozens of Palestinians were injured by live bullets or rubber-coated rounds on Friday as Israeli forces attacked hundreds of people at Gaza border and many points of friction across the occupie...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583004/Israels-Chief-of-General-Staff-Eizenkot-travelled-to-UAE-twice-last-month-Report
Israel's Chief of General Staff traveled to UAE twice last month: Report
Rasa - The president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) says the chief of staff of the Israeli military, Gadi Eisenkot, secretly traveled twice in November to the United Arab Emir...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000222
Israeli Forces Detain 100 Palestinians in West Bank
Rasa - Israeli forces arrested more than 100 Palestinians, including lawmakers and former prisoners, during large-scale raids that targeted many areas across the occupied West Bank throughout the past...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/582986/Myanmar-president-Win-Myint-Rohingya-Muslims-Rakhine
Myanmar praises violence-hit Rakhine for ‘auspicious’ year
Rasa - Myanmar's president has turned a blind eye to widespread atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslims, describing the current year as “auspicious” for Rakhine state, the epicenter of the...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/imgrep.aspx?nn=13970922000412
Yemeni People Collect Clean Water in Sana'a
Rasa - Millions of desperate children and families across Yemen could soon be without food, clean water or sanitation because of the deepening economic crisis and unrelenting violence in the port city...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000240
Syrian Army Preempts Terrorists' Offensives from Demilitarized Zone
Rasa - The Damascus Army's artillery and missile units pounded the movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and its allies from the demilitarized zone in ...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/582967/Iraq-Lebanon-war-Israel-United-States-Syria
Iraqi fighters: Hezbollah not to be left alone in war
Rasa - An Iraqi anti-terror paramilitary group has pledged to stand by Hezbollah in the event of a war following recent Israeli operations near the Lebanese border.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
2:31
8.64 MB
Rasa - Imam Hassan al-Askari, the 11th Shiites' Imam, advised his followers that it is their duty to attract people's hearts and minds to Ahl al-Bait (Family of Prophet Muhammad) by their actions and ...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/582966/Israel-Palestine-Protest
Israeli brutality sign of panic, weakness: Journalist
Rasa - Israel has resorted to harsh tactics in the face of recent Palestinian protests, because the Israeli officials are well aware of their weaknesses in dealing with freedom-seeking Palestinians, s...