Islamabad: The president of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas met with the prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday, he was presented with a guard of honor at the prime minister house in the capital.
Mahmoud Abbas is is on a three-day official visit on Pakistan and he arrive in the capital on Monday night. He is with a seventeen-member delegation including five ministers.
Delegations from both countries met in the prime minister house in Islamabad and discussed a wide range of issues including cooperation in different departments.
After the meeting both leaders held a joint press conference, prime minister Nawaz Sharif said: “We support the peace efforts in Middle East, however, it is not possible without solving the Palestine issue.”
He further said that the meeting was very useful and Pakistan will continue its support for Palestine, he also said that Pakistan supports the evacuation of Israeli settlers occupying Palestinian lands.
Mahmoud Abbas said that he was extremely happy to meet the prime minister of Pakistan and he has thanked him for extending his support to Israel and the construction of the embassy.
He also said that we support Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir issue and it should be solved according to the resolutions of United Nations.
The palestinian president’s purpose of visit was the joint inauguration of the Palestine Embassy Complex in the Diplomatic Enclave. The plot for the embassy was donated by the government of Pakistan in 1992 and then in 2013 also made contributions towards its construction.
Mahmoud Abbas is also scheduled to meet with the president of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain.
A spokesperson for the foreign office of Pakistan said: “The relations between Pakistan and Palestine have traditionally been strong. Pakistan has consistently supported the creation of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state, with pre-1967 borders, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital. Pakistan has also extended support to the Palestinian struggle for their independent homeland, in all international forums.”
Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative at the UN had said during her address to the United Nations security council that a just solution to the Israel-Palestine issue will not only bring peace to the Middle East but it will also affect extremism in the region.