ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrives in Turkey to jointly raise the Palestine issue at UNGA
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, where both leaders pledged to collectively raise the issue of Palestine during the session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
FM Qureshi, who arrived in the Turkish capital on the orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan, on a diplomatic mission in support of Palestine, decided that Pakistan would never leave the Palestinian people alone.
From Turkey, the foreign minister Qureshi will leave for New York together with the foreign ministers of Turkey, Sudan, and Palestine. In New York, he will speak at the UNGA session, meet various dignitaries and hold talks with local and international media representatives and present Pakistan’s views on the situation in Palestine. Both foreign ministers met at the Turkish foreign ministry and discussed the situation in Palestine.
The Turkish foreign minister praised Qureshi’s speech at the Organization for Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) emergency ministerial-level meeting on Sunday, where the latter reiterated Pakistan’s continued and fullest support for the Palestinian people. Earlier, speaking to a
Foreign Minister Qureshi also appreciated the firm and categorical position of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government on the issue of Palestine. He said the entire Muslim world was wounded as a result of Israeli attacks and violent incidents during the holy month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. Both foreign ministers strongly condemned the Israeli aggression against the Palestinians and their forced eviction.
Qureshi said attempts were being made to keep the Palestinian foreign minister out of the UNGA session. He said that since the session was convened to discuss the plight of the Palestinian people, the debate should be opened by the Palestinian foreign minister. Qureshi said his delegation will wait for the Palestinian foreign minister to join them in Istanbul.
Pakistan joins hands with Palestine, Sudan and Turkey to address an emergency session on #Palestine called by the United Nations General Assembly. Pakistan stands firmly with the people of Palestine.
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— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) May 17, 2021
Separately, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Religious Harmony and the Middle East, Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, said that Youm-e-Palestine (Palestine Day) will be observed across the country on Friday (May 21) to denounce Israeli atrocities and express solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Speaking to the media, he said Israel constantly targets Palestinian children. “There can be no compromise on the sanctity of Qibla-e-Awwal (Al-Aqsa Mosque),” , adding: “The Pakistani people have expressed solidarity with the people of Palestine, which is unprecedented in the Islamic world.”.
Meanwhile, the federal cabinet has decided to send medical aid to Palestine for humanitarian reasons in view of the medical emergency faced by the Palestinians following the Israeli aggression. Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan stands with the people of Palestine, denouncing the recent massacre in the Gaza strip by the Israeli forces.
The massacre draws reproaches from most Muslim countries, and Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted his support for Palestine.
“I am PM of Pakistan and #WeStandWithGaza #WeStandWithPalestine,” he tweeted.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 12, 2021
The prime minister tweeted an excerpt from what appears to be an old Noam Chomsky article on the Israeli-Palestinian situation.