The draft was presented on Wednesday to the UN Security Council by fellow Arab member Jordan, envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters, thanking Arabs and European nations for their help and indicating he would not press for a quick vote on the text, to allow for more discussion.

"We will continue negotiating with all of them and with the Americans if they are ready and willing so that we perhaps can succeed in having something adopted by the Security Council to open a serious door to peace," the envoy said following a meeting with Arab representatives.

"We are willing to work with those who want to work with us for meaningful things."

The Palestinians had earlier said they wanted a quick vote on the draft resolution but they backed away, apparently under pressure from fellow Arabs including Jordan, which is seeking a draft that will be acceptable to the United States.

Washington has repeatedly vetoed Security Council resolutions seen as undermining its close ally Israel.

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