UPDATE: Malki discusses escalated Israeli measures against Palestinian people with his Dutch, Finnish, Montenegrin, and Portuguese counterparts in New York

NEW YORK, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Malki met today with his Dutch, Finnish, Montenegrin, and Portuguese counterparts on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York where he discussed the latest political developments, including the ongoing escalated Israeli measures against the Palestinian people and their land in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.

During separate meetings, Malki briefed the Dutch foreign minister Wopke Hoekstra, his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto, his Montenegrin counterpart Ranko Krivokapić, and the foreign minister of Portugal João Cravinho on the daily Israeli crimes and violations against the Palestinian people amid international silence and the lack of accountability.

Malki urged Finland, the Netherlands, and Portugal to recognize the state of Palestine and support its bid to gain full membership in the United Nations.

Malki further affirmed that Israel must be held accountable for its crimes and violations, stressing the need to activate international accountability mechanisms and to provide protection for the Palestinian people.

For his part, Finland’s foreign minister affirmed his country’s clear positions toward the Palestinian issue, the two-state solution, and the rights of the Palestinian people.

The Dutch minister also affirmed his country’s rejection of illegal Israeli settlements and its support for justice, including justice for the killing of al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

He also stressed his country’s readiness to do everything possible to safeguard the two-state solution and peace.

Malki also praised Montenegro’s constructive positions and its vote in favor of Palestine’s resolutions at international forums, the United Nations General Assembly, and the Human Rights Council in line with international law.

Maliki called on Montenegro to support the State of Palestine in its legal, political and diplomatic efforts to achieve the rights of the Palestinian people and peace and toward the realization of the two-state solution.

The Montenegrin Foreign Minister expressed his country’s support for the rights of the Palestinian people and the need to achieve peace and its commitment to the two-state solution.

Meanwhile, the Portuguese Foreign Minister affirmed his country’s support for the Palestinian cause and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, and its rejection of illegal settlement policies in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Malki also met with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, where he briefed him on the difficult and deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territory as a result of Israel’s measures.

Malki stressed that Israel has no intention of complying with its legal responsibility, stopping its crimes, or adhering to the norms of international law due to international silence and lack of accountability.

He further called on Greece to recognize the state of Palestine and support its bid to gain full membership in the United Nations.

For his part, the Greek minister affirmed his country’s constant support for the Palestinian issue and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

He also affirmed Greece’s rejection of Israel’s illegal settlement policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Malki held a similar meeting with the Colombian Foreign Minister ​Álvaro Leyva, where he briefed him on the latest political developments in the Palestinian territories, including Israel’s racist measures against the Palestinian people.

Malki also urged Colombia to support Palestine’s efforts to gain full membership in the United Nations.

For his part, the Colombian Foreign Minister expressed his country’s support for the Palestinian people and their rights as well as for the two-state solution and affirmed the need to achieve peace.

 

Source: Palestine News & Info Agency

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