Pompeo: America no longer considers settlements in the West Bank contrary to international law

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a press conference Monday evening that his country no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be contrary to international law.

"After carefully examining all aspects of the legal debate, this administration agrees ... However, the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not in itself contrary to international law."

Pompeo added that the United States of America encourages the resolution of the Palestinian issue through negotiations.

The Us Secretary of State said he did not address the final status of the West Bank, pointing out that his country will leave it to the Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the dispute over settlements. According to him.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi said in remarks quoted by The Kingdom's Channel that "the kingdom's position in condemning the settlements is firmly established," warning of the seriousness of the change in the U.S. position on settlements and its implications for all peace efforts.

"Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine violate international law, international legitimacy resolutions and an action that kills the two-state solution and undermines the chances of achieving comprehensive peace- Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi," safadi added.

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