December 8, 2017 / 6:37 PM / 2 years ago

Palestinian president says U.S. can no longer broker peace

FILE PHOTO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

GAZA (Reuters) - The United States cannot broker the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday, in response to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“We reject the American decision over Jerusalem. With this position the United States has become no longer qualified to sponsor the peace process,” Abbas said in a statement. He did not elaborate further.

Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Editing by Alison Williams

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