Qatar Says It Will Support Any Mideast Peace Plan Approved by Palestinians

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also urges Iran and U.S. to de-escalate tensions

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani (left) talks to Kuwait's FM Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah during a Syria donors conference in Brussels, Thursday, March 14, 2019.
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Qatar will accept any Middle East peace plan that is acceptable to the Palestinians, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Sunday, warning that any U.S.-led solution cannot be imposed on Palestinians.

"As far as we see, right now there is a disconnect between the Palestinians and the U.S.," he told reporters in London. "Our position remains very firm: We are going to support any plan that the Palestinians are willing to accept."

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who has been trying to put together a peace plan, said in an interview broadcast last week that the Palestinians deserve "self-determination", but stopped short of backing Palestinian statehood and expressed uncertainty over their ability to govern themselves.

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Al-Thani also urged Iran and the United States to de-escalate tensions and find a compromise during the press conference.

"We believe that at one point there should an engagement - it cannot last forever like this," he said. "Since they are not willing to engage in further escalation, they should come up with ideas that open the doors."

Tensions have risen between Iran and the United States in recent weeks after Washington reimposed economic sanctions on Iran after pulling out of a big-power nuclear deal, and sending forces to the Middle East in a show of force to counter what U.S. officials called Iranian threats to U.S. troops and interests.