The Palestinian leadership has not been consulted about a US-led conference in Bahrain next month in support of Washington’s Middle East peace plan, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said.

Washington announced the conference on Sunday, describing it as the unveiling of the first part of US President Donald Trump‘s long-awaited proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a joint statement with Bahrain, the White House said the gathering in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, will give government, civil and business leaders a chance to rally support for economic initiatives that could be possible with a peace agreement.

But Palestinian officials said the June 25-26 meeting would not address the core political issues of the conflict: final borders, the status of Jerusalem, or the fate of Palestinian refugees.

“The cabinet wasn’t consulted about the reported workshop, neither over the content, nor the outcome nor timing,” Shtayyeh said on Monday.

“Any solution to the conflict in Palestine must be political … and based on ending the occupation,” he added.


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