The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said that they have welcomed a June 25 to 26 "Peace to Prosperity" economic workshop hosted in Bahrain in cooperation with the United States.
The Trump administration has cast the conference as an overture to its own plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Arab countries’ welcome over the US-sponsored workshop entitled “"Peace to Prosperity" does not mean making compromises that might harm the Palestinian cause in reference to the awaited ‘Deal of the Century’ announced by the US administration headed by Donald Trump.
The host country، Bahrain، has announced that it will not change its supporting position for the Palestinian cause and the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people.
Saudi Arabia also announced that participating in such a conference confirms its steadfast and supportive positions for the Palestinian people in achieving stability، growth and decent life.
The UAE also welcomed the US-led economic conference in Bahrain next month، noting that it stands with all the international efforts aimed at achieving prosperity in the Arab region، enhancing the opportunities of economic growth and alleviating the harsh conditions experienced by many Arab peoples، especially the Palestinians.
The Trump administration is to stage a donors conference in the Gulf next month aimed at persuading Palestinians to give up their dreams of a independent state in return for tens of billions of dollars of investment، The Times newspaper reported.
The talks، in Bahrain، will be notable before they even start as the first attempt ever by the United States to forge a peace process without putting forward a comprehensive peace plan، the newspaper added.
Instead، economic offers to the Palestinians to encourage them to accept an eventual “deal” will be outlined while the main political proposals remain secret.
It is also the first time a full Israeli delegation is expected to attend public peace talks in a country that does not recognize it.
The Palestinian leadership has pushed back on plans for the Manama conference، saying it was not consulted and no party was entitled to negotiate on its behalf.
Palestinian Authority Minister Ahmed Majdalani told Reuters that Palestinians would not send a representative، while prominent businessman Bashar al-Masri said he had been invited to the conference but would not attend.
“There will be no Palestinian participation in the Manama workshop،” Majdalani said. “Any Palestinian who would take part would be nothing but a collaborator for the Americans and Israel.”