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Palestinian leader 'rejects and denounces' Israel-UAE deal: statement

FILE PHOTO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, wearing a protective face mask and gloves, gestures during a tour as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Israel’s accord with the United Arab Emirates in a statement issued by his spokesman on Thursday night.

“The Palestinian leadership rejects and denounces the UAE, Israeli and U.S. trilateral, surprising, announcement,” said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a senior adviser to Abbas.

Abu Rudeineh, reading from a statement outside Abbas’s headquarters in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, said the deal was a “betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian cause.”

Reporting by Stephen Farrell

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