HE Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, the Minister of State for International Co-operation, yesterday called for a united Arab stand on Palestine’s bid to get full UN membership. He was addressing a meeting of the Arab Peace Initiative Follow-Up panel’s sub-committee in Doha.
The meeting was held to present the necessary Arabic political support for the Palestinian move. Al-Attiyah said that Qatar, as an Arab peace-loving state, sought stability and peace for the all people and nations. Qatar, he said, had participated in various initiatives to resolve disputes.
He urged all peace-loving countries to support the demands of the Palestinian people to establish their state as “it is an essential pillar for achieving peace, stability and security in the Middle East”.
He hoped that the Doha meeting would come up with a unified Arab stand that sustained Palestinians in their move to get full UN membership for their state.
Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi, said the meeting “represents the Arab countries’ conception of moving forward on the issue of Palestine”. He said the stage of “futile” negotiations had ended. “It only wastes time.”
He reiterated that going to the UN was the only legitimate way forward.
Palestinian chief negotiator, Saib Urayqat, said the UN move was not to excite conflicts or confrontations with anybody but to maintain peace that was hampered by the occupational practices of Israel. He said that Israel had chosen the path of violence rather than that of peace.
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