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Palestinians slam Australia’s recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian leadership on Saturday described as "irresponsible" Australia's recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it violated international law. The country became one of just a few to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and recognise the contested city as Israel's capital, saying. Australia said it would open a defence and trade office in the west of the holy city and Prime Minister Scott Morrison also committed to recognising a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its…

Pakistan renews call for urgent settlement of Palestinian issue

NEW YORK: Pakistan urged urgent action at the United Nations (UN) to end the suffering of the Palestinian people and ensure that all UN resolutions are implemented to make way for an independent and contiguous state of Palestine. Speaking in the General Assembly on Palestine and the Situation in the Middle East, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said that the time had come to bring an end to the tragedy of Palestine and reinvigorate hopes of peace and mutual co-existence in the Middle East. Declaring that…

Palestine solution imperative for regional peace: Maleeha Lodhi

New York: At the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi called for a resolution of the Palestinian dispute, describing it as an imperative for regional peace and stability. Permanent representative of Pakistan at the UN, Lodhi said that the “lack of progress on the Palestinian issue had not only betrayed the hopes and aspirations of generations, but had also sowed the seeds of endless hostility and discord in the region.” She was speaking in the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly on the Report of the…

Women suffer most from protracted conflicts, foreign occupation: Lodhi

NEW YORK: Pakistan representative at the United Nations (UN) urged the UN Security Council to focus on protracted conflicts especially in Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine to protect women who continue to suffer disproportionately from the violence perpetuated by foreign occupation. Speaking in the Security Council Debate on Women Peace and Security, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said that women were soft targets in conflict situations, often exploited by aggressors as a tactic of war. Ambassador Lodhi…

Pakistan calls for diplomatic solution of Palestine Issue  

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Permanent Representative to United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi has called for a diplomatic solution of Palestine issue and added that it is the time to end the tragedy. Maleeha Lodhi urged the UN Security Council on Friday to pursue, on an urgent basis, diplomatic solutions to the Palestine issue, reads a press release. She said, "As international efforts to bring an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people have faltered, the burning cauldron of anger and pervasive sense of injustice have…

US merges diplomatic office for Palestinians into Jerusalem embassy

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that the US office in Jerusalem dealing with Palestinians is being merged into the controversial new US embassy in the city. Pompeo said the US Consulate General, a separate office which formerly handled dealings with Palestinians, would be replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the embassy. The move, which was quickly condemned by the Palestine Liberation Organisation, could effectively leave the US as the only major power without a…

Palestine’s Abbas rejects ‘biased’ US as sole Mideast mediator

UNITED NATIONS, New York: Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas tore into the Trump administration Thursday, refusing to accept the United States as the sole mediator in the Middle East conflict, a day after Donald Trump promised a "very fair" peace plan. The 82-year-old Palestinian Authority president used his address to the UN General Assembly to lambaste the United States for closing the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moving its embassy, and slashing…

Palestinian teen dies from wounds in Gaza unrest: ministry

GAZA: A Palestinian teenager has died after being shot by Israeli forces last month during protests and clashes along the Gaza border, the health ministry in the enclave said. Saheeb Abu Kashef, 16, died late Saturday after being shot on August 3 east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, according to the ministry. At least 180 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed since protests and clashes erupted along the border on March 30. One Israeli soldier has been killed since then. Israel accuses Hamas, the…

Palestinian official says U.S. will never present Middle East peace plan

JERICHO: The United States will not present its long-awaited plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace any time soon and is instead trying to unilaterally change the terms of reference for any future proposal, a senior Palestinian official said on Saturday. Echoing deep scepticism among the Palestinians, Arab countries and analysts, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator, said that the Trump administration was siding with Israel on the core issues of the decades-old conflict, burying all chances for Middle East peace.…

US to shut Palestinian mission over lack of peace talks

WASHINGTON: The United States announced Monday it will shutter the Palestinians' mission in Washington, accusing them of rebuffing peace talks with Israel. The State Department said the Palestinians had refused to engage with either the United States or Israel and of rejecting outright a still unseen US peace plan. But an official of the Palestinian Liberation Organization said they were being blackmailed by a White House blatantly biased in favor of Israel and called the move a "dangerous escalation" of tensions in…