Palestine announces decision not to chair presidency of Arab League

Palestine Resigns Arab League Chairmanship Over Israel Normalization

Palestinians quit Arab League role over UAE-Bahrain-Israel deal

"Our plan is to bring in more countries; we will have more being announced very soon", Craft said, speaking to the Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya on Wednesday.

The Palestinian declaration released amid the wake of the Arab League's catastrophe to halt Israeli normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

"I know others are going to be following", she added.

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Arab and Gulf states gravitating towards normalising relations with Israel have been contingent upon their hostile relations with Iran, and their concerns over their alleged involvement in funding terrorist groups in conflict-prone regions to undermine Arab influence.

The Palestinians have opposed Israel's deals with the UAE and Bahrain, fearing a weakening of a longstanding pan-Arab position that calls for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory and acceptance of Palestinian statehood in return for normal relations with Arab countries.

For the next six months, Palestine was meant to chair Arab League meetings.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently visited Khartoum, and Sudanese and American officials held talks in Washington over the terrorism issue that might be a carrot to get Sudan to establish diplomatic relations with Jerusalem.

The sources said General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the leader of Sudan's transitional sovereign council, is "likely to meet in the coming days" with Netanyahu in Uganda in what would be their second such meeting this year after the two met in Uganda in February.

Palestine has chose to relinquish its right to preside over the Council of the Arab League at its current session in reaction to the decision of some Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel, said Foreign Minister Riyad Malki.

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The council, made up of the military and civilians, has been in charge of Sudan since the toppling of autocrat Omar al-Bashir a year ago. He afterwards cast doubt on any rapid normalization of relations, though Israeli aircraft soon began overflying Sudan.

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