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Pakistan

Web Desk
September 17, 2020

Pakistan reaffirms call for independent Palestinian state

Pakistan

Web Desk
Thu, Sep 17, 2020
The comments from Shah Mahmood Qureshi came a few days after Bahrain and the UAE normalised its relations with Israel. Photo: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday reiterated Pakistan's calls for an independent Palestinian state under the United Nations' (UN) resolutions.

The comments came a few days after Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) inked peace deals to normalise ties with Israel.

Pakistan reaffirms stand on Palestine of [two] state solution as enshrined in UN resolutions," Qureshi said in a tweet. 

"[The] Palestinian's right to self determination is inalienable [and] we renew call for establishment of independent State of Palestine on basis of internationally agreed parameters with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as capital," he added.

According to the normalisation deal, Israel has pledged to suspend its planned annexation of Palestinian lands in exchange for normalisation of ties with the UAE.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that did not mean Israel was abandoning plans to annex the Jordan Valley and Jewish settlements across the occupied West Bank.

The agreement was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials said.

A joint statement issued by the three nations said US President Donald Trump, Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed had “agreed to the full normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates”.

The statement said that “as a result of this diplomatic breakthrough and at the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty” over areas of the West Bank that were envisioned in a US plan announced by Trump in January.

However, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader said the UAE, by signing an agreement to normalise relations with Tehran's arch-foe Israel, has betrayed the whole Muslim world.

"The UAE betrayed the world of Islam, the Arab nations, the region's countries, and Palestine," Khamenei said in a speech, excerpts of which were broadcast by state television.

"Of course, this betrayal won't last long but the stigma will stay with them," he added.