ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reiterated its support to the Palestinian in their struggle against the Zionist state and 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.
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.
After the two leaders had one on one meeting, delegate level talks were also held. There was complete unanimity of views between the two sides on issues of mutual interests.