Palestinian president says U.S. fails to respect int'l law

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-10 01:41:01|Editor: yan
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RAMALLAH, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday that the United States did not respect the international law when it moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Abbas said in a speech in Ramallah that "we always expect the U.S. ... to respect the international law," the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

"But we discovered that it (the U.S.) has its own laws and legislations, and therefore, it believes that when it orders, the orders will be respected, and then it moved its embassy to Jerusalem," he added.

"Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was contrary to what had been agreed upon with the former U.S. administrations," Abbas said, adding that "the U.S. hasn't respected the decisions it had signed and backed."

The Palestinian Authority has severed its political ties with the United States since the U.S. administration recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in late 2017 and moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem last May.