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Peace in Middle East unlikely without Palestine-Israel dispute resolution: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that ensuring peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved without just settlement of the Palestine-Israeli dispute.

He also urged the international community to play its role in just resolution of the Palestinian issue.

Speaking at a joint press stakeout with President Mahmoud Abbas after their talks in Islamabad today, Mr. Sharif called for implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions calling for withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied territory.

The prime minister said Pakistan is firm in its support for the just cause of Palestinian people.

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Mr. Sharif referred to the newly constructed Palestinian embassy building in Islamabad and said the project would be a symbol of our brotherly relations.

President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pakistan for its steadfast support for the cause of Palestinian people besides financial assistance and scholarships for Palestinian students in Pakistani universities.

He said he briefed the Prime Minister of Pakistan on the latest developments in respect of Middle East crisis including Israeli settlements and the US decision to shift its embassy to Jerusalem.

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