Pakistan renews call for independent Palestine State

Wants Al-Quds Al-Sharif as capital of the new state

By: AFP      Published: 04:43 PM, 29 Jan, 2020
FO Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui

Pakistan on Wednesday renewed its call for the establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally-agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

“We have seen the announcement of a Peace Plan for the Middle East by the United States,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said in a statement issued in Islamabad.

“Pakistan has consistently supported a two-state solution, as enshrined in the relevant Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions,” the Spokesperson added.

“Pakistan continues to support a just and lasting solution of the Palestinian issue, through dialogue and negotiations, that leads to the realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians, including the right of self-determination,” the Spokesperson maintained.

President Donald Trump's long delayed Middle East peace plan won support in Israel but was bitterly rejected by Palestinians facing possible Israeli annexation of key parts of the West Bank. 

Trump, who unveiled the plan on Tuesday, said his initiative could succeed where others had failed.

Major powers and some regional players responded with caution, saying Trump's project deserves study while stressing that a durable solution to the conflict can only emerge through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. 

But Trump's proposals reportedly included no Palestinian input and grants Israel much of what it has sought in decades of international diplomacy, namely control over Jerusalem as its "undivided" capital, rather than a city to share with the Palestinians.

It also offers a US green light for Israel to annex the strategically crucial Jordan Valley -- which accounts for around 30 percent of the West Bank -- as well as other Jewish settlements in the area.