The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) “foreign minister”, Riyad al-Maliki, said that the US will have no choice but to negotiate with the PA now that it has assumed presidency of the Group of 77 and China in the United Nations, Arutz Sheva reported.
Speaking on Palestine TV and quoted on the PA’s official news agency Wafa، Maliki said that “Palestine” is going to negotiate development issues with industrial and advanced countries on behalf of the Group of 77، including with the US.
"The US has to recognize that Palestine is the chair of this organization and if it decides it does not want to sit with us، then it is one losing،” he said، adding that “the US is going to sit and negotiate with the State of Palestine but pretend that it is not sitting with Palestine، which it does not recognize، but rather with the chair of the Group of 77. This will not have an impact on our role."
The PA assumed the chairmanship of the Group of 77 bloc of developing countries earlier this week. In October، the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of allowing the PA to chair the group in 2019، thus allowing the PA to act more like a full UN member state during meetings in 2019.