Pakistan urges Int’l community to resolve Palestine issue

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged the international community to play its role in just resolution of the Palestinian issue.

Speaking at a joint press stakeout with President Mahmoud Abbas after their talks in Islamabad today, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said ensuring peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved without just settlement of the Palestine-Israeli dispute.

The Prime Minister called for implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions calling for withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied territory.

He said establishment of a viable, independent and contagious state of Palestine with pre-1969 borders and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital is only guarantee for sustainable peace in the region.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan is firm in its support for the just cause of Palestinian people.

Mian Nawaz Sharif referred to the newly constructed Palestinian embassy building in Islamabad and said the project would be a symbol of our brotherly relations.

President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pakistan for its steadfast support for the cause of Palestinian people besides financial assistance and scholarships for Palestinian students in Pakistani universities.

Mr. Mahmoud Abbas said he briefed the Prime Minister of Pakistan on the latest developments in respect of Middle East crisis including Israeli settlements and the US decision to shift its embassy to Jerusalem.

He said the two sides also exchanged views on regional issues and the challenge of terrorism.

Radio Pakistan’s correspondent Zahid Hameed says the two leaders had one on one meeting, which was followed by delegation level talks.

There was complete identity of views between the two sides on issues of mutual interests.

Earlier, formal welcome ceremony for the visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was held at Prime Minister House in Islamabad today.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif warmly received the distinguished guest on arrival.

National anthems of the two countries were played on the occasion. A smartly turned out contingent of the armed forces present salute and guard of honour to the Palestinian President. The visiting dignitary inspected the guard of honour.

The Prime Minister introduced the cabinet members to the Palestinian President and the distinguished guest introduced the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the members of his entourage.—Radio Pakistan