UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday warned that the economic conference to be held in Bahrain next month as part of a peace plan prepared by Washington for the region is a step towards the settlement of Palestinian refugees.
On June 25 and 26, the US administration will hold an economic conference in Bahrain that will focus on the economic aspects of the long-awaited peace plan and is known among the Palestinians as the “Century Deal”. The Palestinian Authority, which rejects the plan, has announced that it will not participate in the conference.
“We are all concerned with taking the historic responsibility in the face of this ominous deal aimed at eliminating the Palestinian cause,” Nasrallah said in a televised address marking the 19th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
He added that “the most important issue that may lead to the economic conference in Bahrain and the economic orientation that he would like to discuss there … that it may open the door wide and wide in front of the issue of settling the Palestinian brothers in Lebanon and the rest of the countries in which they are.”
He confirmed that Lebanese and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon agree to reject settlement. “We are at a stage where it is not enough to say that we are all against resettlement,” he said. “The danger of resettlement is very close to the Lebanese and the Palestinians in Lebanon.”
Nasrallah called for an urgent meeting between Lebanese and Palestinian officials in Lebanon to “develop a plan to confront the danger of resettlement and creeping next.”
According to the latest statistics published by the Lebanese government, Lebanon hosts 174,000 Palestinian refugees in 12 camps. These depend mainly on the services of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the areas of education, health care and other basic services.
The Palestinians call the “deal of the century” a blow to Washington’s peace plan, which US President Donald Trump has spoken of since he came to power and is expected to be unveiled early next month.
Palestinians fear the plan will be biased in favor of Israel. The Palestinian Authority has repeatedly rejected them. The Palestinian government said earlier that “anyone who believes that the deal of the century will pass will be an illusion.”
The Manama conference could see pledges of significant investment in the Palestinian territories, but it is unlikely to focus on political issues at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinian Authority announced that no one had consulted on the economic conference, stressing that no party was entitled to negotiate on its behalf. A number of Palestinian businessmen also announced their rejection of invitations to attend the conference.
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