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Pakistan

Web Desk
January 29, 2020

Pakistan calls for formation of Palestinian state according to pre-1967 borders

Pakistan

Web Desk
Wed, Jan 29, 2020
Pakistan backed Trump's peace plan calling the "two-state solution" a "historic opportunity" for Palestinians to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. — Photo: Files

Pakistan on Wednesday called for the formation of a Palestinian state  according  to internationally-agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

The Foreign Office in a statement said, “Pakistan has consistently supported a two-state solution, as enshrined in the relevant Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions.”

Trump’s plan proposes a four-year freeze of Israeli development in the area eyed for a future Palestinian state. However, Trump stressed at the news conference that "Jerusalem will remain Israel's undivided, very important, undivided capital."

“Pakistan continues to support a just and lasting solution of the Palestinian issue, through dialogue and negotiations, that leads to the realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians, including the right of self-determination, the FO statement added.

“We renew our call for the establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally-agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.”

Meanwhile, the Palestinian government rejected Trump's peace plan and termed it as the “slap of the century” on Tuesday as thousands of Palestinians held protests in Gaza and the West Bank.

“I say to Trump and (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass,” Abbas said in a televised address in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Saudi Arabia ‘appreciates’ Trump’s peace plan

Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it "appreciates" President Donald Trump’s efforts to devise a Middle East peace plan and called for the start of direct talks between Israel and the Palestine.

Any disagreements with the plan should be resolved through negotiations under the auspices of the United States, it said, "in order to move forward with the peace process to reach an agreement that achieves (the) legitimate rights of the Palestinian people."

"The kingdom appreciates the efforts of President Trump’s Administration to develop a comprehensive peace plan between the Palestinian and the Israeli sides," the foreign ministry said in a statement carried on state media.

Trump proposes creation of Palestinian state 

Trump on Tuesday proposed creation of a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem, dependent on Palestinians taking steps to become self-governing.

 "Today, Israel takes a big step towards peace," Trump told a White House news conference, standing alongside visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he revealed key points of the plan already strongly rejected by the Palestinians.

"My vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides, a realistic two state solution that resolves the risk of Palestinian statehood to Israel's security," Trump said.

"Jerusalem will remain Israel's undivided, very important, undivided capital," Trump stressed.

But the plan would also provide the Palestinians with a capital in occupied East Jerusalem, he said, while indicating that the West Bank would not be cut in half under the plan.

"We will also work to create a contiguous territory within the future Palestinian state, for when the conditions for statehood are met, including the firm rejection of terrorism," Trump said as he called on the Palestinians to turn their back on the radical Hamas movement.

No Palestinian official was present at the launch although the ambassadors from three Arab nations — Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — were at the White House.