Israel’s plans to annex Palestinian land a ‘serious setback for peace’: UAE’s Gargash

United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash. (File photo: AFP)
United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash. (File photo: AFP)

Israel’s plans to annex Palestinian land “must stop” and moving forward with them “will be a serious setback for the peace process,” the United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday.

“Continued Israeli talk of annexing Palestinian lands must stop. Any unilateral Israeli move will be a serious setback for the peace process, undermine Palestinian self-determination & constitute a rejection of the international & Arab consensus towards stability & peace,” Gargash tweeted.

His comment came after Israel said it plans to extend sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.

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