FM Malki says Palestine was forced into standoff with U.S

Istanbul (UNA-OIC) � Palestine's Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said on Friday that Palestine did not choose to engage in a standoff with the United States but was forced to do so as a result of the US administration's behavior and discourse.

In his address to the Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting Preparatory to the Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine in Istanbul, Malki said: Palestine did not choose a standoff with the United States. However, the behavior and discourse of the US administration, including its assaults on Jerusalem and our [Palestinian] rights, have forced us into this standoff.

Palestine will defend itself and will continue to use all the available diplomatic and legal means to defend our people, our national rights and our holy places, he added.

Malki said the US, by relocating its embassy to occupied Jerusalem, has shown a disrespect for the rights of the Palestinian people and disregard for the oppression they have been suffering from.

He called on the OIC to support any future Palestinian political, legal or diplomatic action in international organizations to bring Israeli perpetrators to justice, as well to form an investigation committee into the atrocities committed by Israeli forces since March 30.

The Palestinian diplomat said since the US vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for creating an independent investigation committee into the recent Israeli atrocities, Palestine had no choice but to seek action in all UN agencies to investigate these crimes.

Malki said time has come for the OIC countries to boycott and condemn the US Congress because it has acted with hostility towards the Palestinian people and Jerusalem. It is time to act because US actions pose several strategic threats to our collective rights. We must confront these threats, he added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency