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Baku hosts conference of ambassadors of State of Palestine accredited to Asian countries

Baku, November 5, AZERTAC

A conference of the ambassadors of the State of Palestine accredited to Asian countries has kicked off in Baku.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine Riad Malki, assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Asia, Africa and Australia Mazen Shamiyah, head of the Palestinian National Fund Mouin Elias Yousef Khouri, 27 Palestinian Ambassadors accredited to Asian countries and diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Palestine have visited Azerbaijan to attend the conference.

In his opening remarks, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov described the decision to host the conference as a response to request made by the Palestinian side, underlining Azerbaijan’s continuing support to the brotherly people of Palestine in their struggle to achieve peace, stability and sustainable development. Minister Mammadyarov stressed that Azerbaijan consistently stands for the two-state solution of the Palestinian issue with East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine.

FM Mammadyarov pointed to Azerbaijan’s hosting numerous international events on Palestine, including an international conference on the issue of Jerusalem, which was held last year in Azerbaijan with participation of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian people, the United Nations Coordination Office for Humanitarian Affairs, the OIC, and various non-governmental and civil society organizations.

The Minister expressed Azerbaijan’s constant support for Palestinian people in difficult times. He pointed out Azerbaijan’s commitment to Islamic solidarity, saying the obvious example of this support is the allocation of $ 200,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) by Azerbaijan this October.

FM Mammadyarov provided an insight into Armenia's policy of aggression and its consequences against Azerbaijan, stressing that UN Security Council's four resolutions on the immediate and unconditional liberation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan have not yet been implemented.

Minister Mammadyarov also highlighted the activities of Azerbaijan within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Azerbaijan’s significant contribution to the issue of Islamic Solidarity, as well as initiatives launched and events organized in this regard.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki expressed his gratitude to the government of Azerbaijan for supporting the people of Palestine in their struggle to achieve peace, describing the decision to host the conference of the ambassadors of Palestine accredited to Asian countries as an obvious example in this regard.

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