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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, on the side-lines of the special meeting of the UN General Assembly being held at the UN headquarters to discuss the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed deep gratitude of the people and the Government of Pakistan for the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Palestine issue and for convening an Emergency Meeting of the OIC’s Executive Committee at Foreign Ministers level on 16 May 2021. He recalled that the Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Joint Statement issued during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 8 May 2021, reaffirmed shared perspectives of the two brotherly countries on the Palestinian issue.

Foreign Minister Qureshi strongly condemned Israeli provocations; forcible and illegal evictions of Palestinians from their homes; the onslaught against Palestinian worshippers in the Holy Al-Aqsa mosque in the month of Ramadan; and the indiscriminate aerial bombardment against the Palestinians.

Foreign Minister also reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, especially their right to self-determination and establishment of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state with pre-1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with relevant UN and OIC resolutions.

Matters pertaining to various bilateral aspects of the relations between the two brotherly countries also came under discussion during the meeting.


New York

20 May 2021

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