Arab League head hopes Biden changes Trump Mideast policies

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Arab League Head expressed hope on Monday that the Biden administration will change United States (US) President Donald Trump’s policies and launch a political process supported by regional and international parties to achieve independence for the Palestinians.

Secretary-General of the 22-member organisation Ahmed Aboul Gheit told the United Nations (UN) Security Council that a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict “has been marginalised by the main mediator in the peace process”, a reference to the US.

He also said that “some regional powers are interfering in the affairs of the Arab region” by adversely affecting “the security of international maritime navigation routes which are a lifeline for international trade”.

“It has also become apparent that this interference perpetuates existing conflicts and further complicates them,” he said.

Aboul Gheit said the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing conflicts and crises have created “a dangerous mix that has taken a heavy toll on the peoples of the region”, pointing to 10 years of civil war in Syria, Yemen’s war entering its seventh year and “entrenched divisions in Libya”.