Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyadh Maliki Sunday hoped the US would understand the Palestinians’ quest to declare their independent state on the June 4 1967 borders by next September.
“We don’t want a confrontation with the American Congress nor the American Administration. What we want is our rights as Palestinians and as Arabs,” Maliki said in a statement to the press after a meeting with Egyptian foreign minister Mohammad Al-Orabi, and hoped Washington would understand “this legitimate demand.”
The Palestinian Authority plans to declare the Palestinian State on the June 1967 borders during the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meetings next September.
Seeking the UN is not a Palestinian decision, said Maliki, but an Arab one which was supported by the Arab peace initiative follow up committee.
He said the committee would meet next Saturday to assess outcome of the meeting of the international diplomatic Quartet, which meets today in Washington.
The committee, added Maliki, should determine steps to be taken in September.
Maliki, meanwhile, said his talks with Al-Orabi dealt with the Palestinian conciliation and how to rally more support for the declaration of the Palestinian state.
He said Al-Orabi emphasized Egypt’s full support to help the Palestinians in their quest.