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Katrina Barker
February 2, 2018

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will address the UN Security Council on February 20, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the UN announced Thursday, APA reports quoting turkish media.

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Thursday said that Abbas's address at the UN Security Council would further damage prospects for direct peace talks with Israel. "By continuing to act against the United States and seeking unilateral action against Israel, Abbas is completely misreading today's reality and harming the prospects for a better future for his people".

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki said after the meeting that the "previous mechanism of Middle East settlement is no more effective".

In January, reports surfaced that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was "angered" by a preliminary plan, parts of which were leaked one month after the White House announced it would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The comments came after the U.S. State Department said it would withhold $65 million of $125 million for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, known as UNRWA.

During his term as president, Carter helped broker the landmark Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1979, and he has been a vocal supporter of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Ambassador Al-Otaibi said there were no objections among members - including the United States - to the proposed agenda.

In his speech during an Arab League Council meeting at the level of foreign ministers, he stated that the USA decision to reduce its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will also pose a threat to the refugee issue. Such meetings are held outside the councils and members are not required to attend.

Last week, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Abbas of not having the "courage" of Sadat or the late King Hussein of Jordan who made peace with Israel.

Wassel Abu Yousef, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Front, said the Israeli violence, and the excessive use of force, will not deter the Palestinians, adding that the protests will continue despite the American stances and illegal policies.

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