The United Arab Emirates (UAE) warned that Israel's bid to build new housing in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank will escalate tensions in the region.
In a written statement, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to open a tender for the construction of 1,029 new illegal residences in settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
It was stated that the UAE opposes any action that violates international resolutions and may cause further instability and tension in the region.
In the statement, it was emphasized that regional and international efforts should be supported in order to accelerate the peace process in the Middle East, and all illegal actions that endanger the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders with the two-state solution formula should be called "stop".
Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also condemned the Israeli government's bid for illegal housing construction.
The Israeli non-governmental organization Peace Now Movement announced on March 24 that the Israeli government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, had opened a tender for the construction of 1,029 new illegal housing units in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.