Doha: Following a meeting of an Arab monitoring committee in the Gulf state, the Arab League on Sunday backed seeking UN recognition for a Palestinian state.

At a meeting of an Arab monitoring committee chaired by Qatar, the Arab League said in a statement it "supports the appeal to the UN asking that Palestine, within the 1967 borders, becomes a full-fledged state" of the international organisation.

The Arab League's statement came soon after Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas reiterated his determination to seek the recognition at the world diplomatic body unless Israel begins negotiations on "substantial basis."

Qatar proposed at the meeting that the Middle East peace process should not be resumed until Israel was "ready," according to reports.

"We will suspend for the moment the peace process until there is a willing partner" in negotiations from the Israeli side, said Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani as he opened the Arab monitoring committee meeting.

The meeting was examining the latest developments concerning the Palestinian issue following a proposal from US President Barack Obama to resolve the long-standing dispute.


(Agencies)