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Abbas discusses Trump peace plan in phone call with Iranian Foreign Minister

Headline: "The [PA] president received a phone call… from the Iranian minister of foreign affairs"

"[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received a phone call from Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The minister of foreign affairs emphasized Iran's position, which opposes ‘the deal of the century' (i.e., refers to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which he presented with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Jan. 28, 2020)… and its support for the Palestinian people's rights, its right to self-determination, and its right to establish its independent state whose capital is East Jerusalem.

The president briefed the Iranian minister of foreign affairs on our position that rejects this American deal, and on the political steps we will take at the next stage in order to achieve an international consensus to thwart it. He also briefed him on the efforts being made to achieve national unity [between Fatah and Hamas], and noted that a delegation will be sent to Gaza in order to hold a meeting with the Palestinian factions on this matter.

The Iranian minister of foreign affairs praised the president's efforts and his concern for achieving Palestinian national unity. He emphasized that Tehran supports these efforts."

The Trump peace plan – US President Donald Trump announced his Israel–Palestinian peace plan "Peace to Prosperity" – commonly known as “the deal of the century” - on Jan. 28, 2020. Main points of the plan: 1- Israeli sovereignty would be applied to the Jordan Valley and all Israeli towns and cities in the West Bank. 2- Jerusalem, including all its holy sites, would remain under Israeli sovereignty with accommodations made to enable access for Palestinians. 3- The remainder of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and  part of what is currently Israeli land in the Negev, the Galilee, and Jerusalem - creating a territory almost equal in  size to the West Bank and Gaza Strip - would form  the Palestinian state, with its capital in neighborhoods in East Jerusalem that are outside of  Israel's security wall. 4- The Palestinian state would be demilitarized, with Israel responsible for external security and controlling all airspace. 5- All Palestinian prisoners except murderers, and those who attempted or conspired to murder would be released.  6- Palestinians in refugee camps would be absorbed into their host countries and, subject to certain limitations, into the Palestinian state. 7- Before becoming a state, the Palestinians would have to carry out extensive reform of their laws and institutions, including implementing a new governing system; granting its people due process and basic human rights and freedoms; end all  incitement to and incentivizing of terror; end  all glorification of terror and martyrdom; disarm Hamas; and adopt a culture promoting peace. The goal of the plan is to create a Palestinian state beside Israel, living in peace and security. The implementation would be facilitated through extensive international investment. 

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