PLO secretary general says no coordination with Israel on West Bank security
The Palestinian leadership's second in command has dismissed reports that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume security coordination in the occupied West Bank following Sunday's controversial meeting in Jordan.
The meeting, at the Red Sea port city of Aqaba, came amid one of the worst spells of Israeli violence in the West Bank in recent memory.
A joint statement from the Israeli and Palestinian delegations in Aqaba said there had been an agreement from both sides to "end unilateral measures".
Almost immediately after the meeting, senior Israeli ministers said West Bank settlement expansion and approvals would continue, despite the pledge.
Hussein Al-Sheikh, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and frequently tipped as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's successor, told The New Arab’s Arabic-language sister site that no definite outcomes emerged from the meeting.
"We did not reach any final understanding or agreements," Al-Sheikh told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.