Palestinians welcome Paris summit statement: PLO

The conference in Paris was aimed at preventing the peace process from disappearing entirely from the worldwide agenda.

Meanwhile, officials from Israel praised the country's Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council for effectively "weakening" the summit participants' joint statement released at the end of the Mideast peace conference.

Abas specifically praised the support given to the two-state solution, which implies the creation of a Palestinian state with capital in East Jerusalem. Israel has in recent days worked to prevent the council from issuing a final statement that would adopt the language of the Security Council's anti-settlement resolution or the Paris declaration.

He noted that the USA administration, along with Britain and other European countries opposed the Palestinian claims regarding the need for and the importance of an agreement by participating countries on clear follow-up mechanisms and timetables to reach and to implement an agreement in order not for ending the occupation to be just ink on paper and in order not to just go back again to the series of futile negotiations used by Israel as a cover for its settlement activity and its destructive policy that may destroy the two-state solution.

Sunday's Mideast peace conference in Paris concluded that the "two-state solution" is the only way forward to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned both sides against taking any independent action, reiterating the long-standing worldwide position on the issue.

The conference's closing statement called on both sides to avoid "unilateral steps" and stressed that the basis for negotiations should be the 1967 borders, before Israel occupied the West Bank and east al-Quds.

Speaking briefly to reporters, Abbas reiterated his opposition to the possible transfer of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as President-elect Donald Trump had indicated he might do.

The British government sent only junior-level officials to the summit that discussed the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians. On Saturday, he also denounced the potential transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, where it has been for the past 68 years.

Back in December, PLO Secretary General Sa'eb Erekat said the potential move would deliver a death blow to any prospect of the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and would have his organization rescind all agreements with Tel Aviv.

"We are satisfied with Paris conference".

"The problem I have is that it makes it a tougher deal for me to negotiate because the Palestinians are given so much - even though it's not legally binding it's psychologically binding and it makes it much tougher for me to negotiate", Trump said of the resolution.

Ofer Zalzberg, an analyst at the International Crisis Group think-tank, admitted the conference had not set out a new policy.

From Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greeted the results of the conference and stressed that 'they reaffirm the principles of law and worldwide resolutions'.

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