All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. [File:Mahmoud Illean/Reuters]
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold a meeting on June 24 at the level of the foreign ministers to discuss Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, reported a Palestinian official.
Speaking to official Voice of Palestine radio, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, said invitations for the meeting were sent out to the foreign ministers of many countries, including the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement and the Arab League.
He added that the meeting will most likely be attended by Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.
The PA official expressed his hope that the UNSC will shoulder its responsibilities and demand the Israeli government to halt all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory and cancel the annexation plan.
Mansour said talks are underway and efforts are currently being exerted to push for the formation of an international coalition to thwart the US-backed Israeli annexation plan.
Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Malki said the leadership has been working hard and at the highest levels in order to raise international voices and mobilize a unified position to thwart the Israeli annexation plan.
He told Voice of Palestine radio that the State of Palestine will deliver a lengthy speech during the June 24 meeting about the repercussions of the Israeli annexation plan, expressing his hope that the other members of the UNSC address the same issue during the meeting.