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Pakistan to continue supporting Palestine, says Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD, DEC 12 (DNA) – Prime Minister Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said, Middle East is passing through a critical time and therefore needs immediate attention of the international community.
He expressed these views while speaking on the occasion of international day of Solidarity with the people of Palestine.Sartaj Aziz further said, Palestinian people have been bearing the brunt of Israeli aggression since long. He said, it was a moral victory for the Palestinian people that for the first time Palestinian flag was hoisted at the United Nations.
He assured the people of Palestine that Pakistan will continue its support for Palestine cause.
Ambassador of Palestine Walid Abu Ali in his speech said, “we are victims of human rights witnessed by the international community. It is indeed a victory for the people of Palestine that for the first time the Palestinian flag was raised the United Nations’.
He further said, Palestinian people are greatly thankful to Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif for raising and supporting the cause of Palestine.
“In fact ties between Palestine and Pakistan have always been strong. For those who do not know let me just highlight that both countries have even deep-rooted spiritual ties’.
Ambassador Walid Abu Ali said, “We cannot forget the time when brave Pakistani pilots came to help us against Israeli brutalities in 1973 war. Therefore the Palestinian people have a great respect for the armed forces of Pakistan.
Ambassador of Sweden Tomas Rosander said Sweden some time ago recognized Palestine as an independent state, a decision which was not liked by many. Some were of the view that Sweden should have waited for some more time while there is no dearth of certain voices that believe Sweden took long to make this decision.
He said, it doesn’t mean that Sweden relations were Isreal have severed. Not at all, Sweden and Isreal have had cordial relations and hopefully both countries would continue to extend cooperation to each other in various fields.
Our foreign minister also underlined that good friends are always sincere in criticism. Sweden supports the EU policy on Israel. The Sweden decision to recognize Palestine is duly in line with the international law.
He added, the international community has a special role to play in terms of an amicable solution to the Palestine issue. Talks and dialogue truly prevent any further escalation of hostilities therefore Sweden supports continuation of dialogue for resolution of issues.=DNA

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