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Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas thanked the people and the Government of Pakistan for their consistent and unflinching support on the Palestinian cause. He conveyed these sentiments during a call by the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the 20thSession of OIC’s Al Quds Committee being held in Marrakech from January 17-18.

Mr. Sartaj Aziz informed President Abbas of assistance offered by Pakistan to the Palestinian People through ongoing capacity building programmes and activities in wide ranging areas including education and training in medical ,engineering ,diplomacy and other disciplines. He reiterated the time tested, vocal and sustained support extended by Pakistan towards full realization of the right to self-determination of the people of Palestine in accordance with the relevant UN and OIC resolutions. He added that the Government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is whole heartedly committed to assisting the Palestinian brethren in the establishment of an independent state with Al Quds al Sharif as its capital.

The Advisor welcomed the recent resumption of the stalled peace process under the US auspices expressing the hope that it would address all issues in accordance with the two- state solution envisaged in the Arab peace initiative. Both sides agreed to continue to strengthen institutional linkages through optimal utilization of the existing cooperation as well identification of new avenues to further cooperation.

19 January,2014

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