RAMALLAH, Wednesday, January 11, 2023 (WAFA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Malki today briefed the UK Minister for the Middle East, Lord Tariq Ahmad, during a meeting at his Ramallah office on the latest developments in Palestine and the daily Israeli killing of Palestinians, abuse of prisoners, arrests, demolition of homes and structures, and the displacement of Palestinian families.
Malki stressed the importance of the international community taking the necessary measures to provide protection for the Palestinian people and to ensure the cessation of Israeli violations against them.
He said that the international community was warned of the new far-right Israeli government, which includes extremist and terrorist ministers such as Itamar Ben Gvir and Smotrich, by virtue of their racist and inciting speeches, which were reflected in laws currently being discussed in the Israeli parliament related to revoking citizenship from Palestinian-Israelis and preventing the raising of the Palestinian flag, as well as Ben Gvir’s storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Malki stressed the commitment of the State of Palestine to the two-state solution, and the importance of rebuilding trust between the two sides, hoping for a real partner from the other side to strive towards achieving peace and stability.
For his part, Lord Ahmad stressed Britain's firm position on the two-state solution and the importance of reopening channels of constructive dialogue between the two parties to ensure peace and security in the region.
The two sides praised the depth of the Palestinian-British relations and the continuous cooperation that should culminate in holding the annual strategic dialogue with the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development, as well as the convening of the joint ministerial committee, which was agreed to be held in the last strategic dialogue, to strengthen relations between the two countries.