Qatar wel­comes peace plan, urges changes

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Doha, Qatar - Qatar re­sponded cau­tiously on Wed­nes­day to US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Is­raeli-Pales­tinian peace plan, say­ing it wel­comed ef­forts to bro­ker ‘long­stand­ing peace’ but warned that was unattain­able with­out con­ces­sions to the Pales­tini­ans.

Qatar is a sup­porter of the Pales­tinian cause and has pre­vi­ously hosted lead­ers of Ha­mas, the move­ment that rules the Gaza Strip.

The Gulf state has pro­vided mil­lions of dol­lars in aid to Gaza to fund fuel de­liv­er­ies to the ter­ri­tory’s sole power sta­tion and cash hand­outs to needy fam­i­lies. But Qatar is also a strong ally of the US. It hosts Wash­ing­ton’s largest air­base in the re­gion.

‘Qatar wel­comes all ef­forts aim­ing to­wards a long­stand­ing peace in the oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries, ap­pre­ci­at­ing the en­deav­ours of the cur­rent US ad­min­is­tra­tion to find so­lu­tions for the Pales­tinian-Is­raeli con­flict," the Qatar News Agency re­ported.

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