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As the people of Pakistan observe another day of solidarity with their Palestinian brothers, they also express deep disappointment with the international community for having failed the just cause of Palestine for yet another year. I noted this failure very clearly in my recent address at the Annual General Meeting of the United Nations.

At the same Annual General Meeting, the international community adopted a transformational development agenda for the next fifteen years. This agenda talks about people being at the centre. Yet the Palestinian people continue to suffer humiliating and absolutely inhuman treatment at the hands of the occupying power.

But there is also a glimmer of hope. President Mahmoud Abbas hoisted the proud Palestinian flag among the flags of sovereign states at the United Nations on 30th of September this year. This was, indeed, a great milestone in Palestine’s quest for full membership of the United Nations.

Let me reassure our Palestinian brothers, yet again, that the Pakistani nation will continue to support them unwaveringly in their struggle for the right to self-determination. This is an inalienable right of the Palestinian people that cannot be denied any longer.

24 November 2015

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