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Abbas to UN: No Mideast peace without Palestinians' rights

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 78th United Nations General Assembly
— United Nations (United States) (AFP)

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said Thursday there could be no peace in the Middle East without a two-state solution, sending a warning as Saudi Arabia considers recognizing Israel.

"Those who think that peace can prevail in the Middle East without the Palestinian people enjoying their full, legitimate national rights would be mistaken," Abbas told the UN General Assembly.

The veteran 87-year-old leader made a new appeal for negotiations and for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call an international conference on creating a Palestinian state.

The United States, historically the peace broker between the two sides, has all but given up on serious negotiations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-right government, which has pushed forward settlements in the occupied West Bank considered illegal internationally.

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