Both presidents called on the activation of UN Security Council’s decision no. 2334, which deemed Israeli settlements illegal, says Palestinian state-run news agency. The main discussions turned around generals development in Palestinian territories, the expansion of Israeli settlements, and the failure of the peace process. Both countries have recalled the necessity of the cooperation of Arab League on the topic, to apply the UN Security Council’s decision. Abbas has recognized and congratulated Egypt for its support.
The United States abstained from the vote, allowing the measure to pass by a vote of 14 in favor in the 15-member council. The resolution had been put forward for a vote on Friday by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal – one day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from Israel and US President-elect Donald Trump. Amid widespread international support to work towards bringing an end to the controversial policy of building settlements, the resolution is reportedly near-impossible for the Trump administration to reverse. While the resolution does not call for imposing sanctions on Israel if it fails to comply, it could significantly weaken Israel’s lobbying and negotiating power in future peace talks.