Mahmoud Abbas pledges to continue security co-ordination with Israel

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Mahmoud Abbas pledges to continue security co-ordination with Israel

Palestinian president makes commitment despite recent US funding cuts to security forces and stalled peace

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to continue security co-ordination with Israel, despite recent US funding cuts to Palestinian security forces and years of impasse in the peace process.

President Abbas told a gathering of Palestinian and Israeli activists on Wednesday that his government has counter-terrorism agreements with nearly 100 countries, includingIsrael.

He says the West Bank government has a “joint agreement to fight terrorism” withIsrael, and “will not violate it” – because if it does, “nothing will remain”.

He added his hopes that a party committed to peace would succeed in the upcoming Israeli elections.

The US cut all aid to the Palestinian Authority, including $61 million (£47 million) in security assistance, when an anti-terrorism law took effect last week.

The forces are considered crucial for Palestinian and Israeli safety.

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