Palestine hails US congress resolution opposing Israeli settlements

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(VOVWORLD) - Palestine on Saturday hailed the US Congress Resolution 326 which opposes the settlements and annexation in the West Bank.

Palestine hails US congress resolution opposing Israeli settlements - ảnh 1 The construction site of Israel's Ramat Shlomo settlement in Jerusalem on November 20, 2019. (Photo: AFP /VNA)

Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), described the resolution as a "blow" to US President Donald Trump's support of the Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank.

The resolution was passed by the US House of Representatives on Friday with 226 votes in favor and 188 against.

It calls on the Trump administration to expressly endorse a two-state solution as its objective and discourage steps by either side that would put a peaceful end to the conflict further out of reach, including unilateral annexation of territory or efforts to achieve Palestinian statehood status outside the framework on negotiations with Israel.

Israeli settlement activity is considered one of the major issues that caused the collapse of the peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis in 2014.