Over 45,000 Palestinian students graduated from Pakistan - Embassy in Islamabad will be built soon - Pakistan will donate Million Dollar

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ISLAMABAD, JUNE 03 (DNA) – The ambassador of State of Palestine Walid A.M.Abu Ali has said his country was deeply indebted to Pakistan for unflinching support adding Palestinians will surely have their own state with the help of their Muslim brethren.

The ambassador of Palestine expressed these views while giving an exclusive interview to Diplomatic News Agency (DNA) on Monday.

The ambassador further said, during the recent visit of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas to Pakistan, the Foundation stone was laid for the construction of Palestine Embassy at diplomatic enclave, Islamabad and through the discussion in regards to Construction of Palestine Embassy in Diplomatic Enclave, Government of Pakistan has promised to share the amount of One Million Dollar for its construction.

That is a real kind gesture and indeed it will help both the nations to come closer to each other, he added. “So the visit was a State visit to Pakistan, he updated the Pakistani Leadership on the Political developments in Palestine in terms of Peace Negotiations, Palestinian Reconciliation, the Palestinian Financial Crisis due to the siege on us by Israelis as a result of the recognition at the United Nations”.

The Israelis, he added, had withdrawn out of Gaza but still Gaza suffers under the siege by Israelis. Same at the West Bank, in between us and our Jordanian Brothers, Israelis are on the borders, so we have to wait until we agree on the final status negotiations, where Palestine will be free and we will be controlling our borders.

As for as direct trade is concerned, yes we do, according the Paris agreement in regards to the facilitation of import and export to Palestinian territories we still go through the Israelis’ borders, but we have signed a lot of trade agreements with many other countries although it has to go through the Israeli borders.

Giving a synopsis of relations with Pakistan the ambassador said the main problem that we face as Palestinians that we are still under occupation and because of the occupation we do face many obstacles, Pakistan and Pakistani people have always been supportive to Palestine and its people on all levels.

‘As you know we are in the 21st century and the technology is improving a lot and the whole world has become a very small island, with the social media available at the moment I think it is easy to updated about what is going on very quickly, but meanwhile as an Embassy we are in the process of launching a website which will include some media, political development, security situation, cultural updates for our Pakistani brothers which can be available on the website, where we can increase the knowledge of our Pakistani brothers and the awareness of our Pakistani brothers to be more aware of what’s going on in Palestine’.

When asked to comment on the role of world community viz a viz creation of an independent Palestinian state, the ambassador said, unfortunately, situation continues to be bad in Palestine due to the Israeli aggression.

“Yes, the International community has supported us lately at the General Assembly when they voted to Palestine to be recognized as non-member state at the General Assembly, but we believe this is still not enough; the International Community has to manipulate pressure as much as they can to convince the Israeli leadership to go back to negotiations, the International Community has agreed in the two state solution, and agreed to have a time table for the negotiations, which will enable Palestinians to live side by side with Israel in free democratic country similar to any other nation around the world”.

Regarding Quartet role he said, yes, it is still in place, but unfortunately they were limited, you know, in achieving the objectives which were expected from this forum, the quartet which included United States of America, Europe, United Nations and Russia, unfortunately with a negative response from the Israeli side they were not able to achieve the objectives.

The ambassador also criticized the Arab League role saying unfortunately since the Arab Spring started, among our Arab World, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria at the moment, all our Arab brothers are busy with their internal issues and we cannot blame them, they are busy with their internal situation and if they are not settled themselves, they cannot provide Palestine with the support needed from them.

OIC has been providing support and health especially to our people in Gaza and to other Palestinians as well, we are happy with what they are doing, but still they can do more and we are looking for OIC to be more active to have focus on Palestine and Palestinians. We know that OIC has got a kind of an International Role, the Muslims around the world are desperate for aids and assistance through OIC, but we still believe that OIC can do more for Palestine.

“We do hope that if Muslim countries are united, I am sure we can achieve more but unfortunately, even with the OIC role I mean, Muslim countries to be, the whole International Community is benefitting of dividing Muslim World and keeping them busy in their internal issues, the unity of the Muslim Countries is important, the more they united the more support we get to Palestine and to all Muslims around the world. We do hope to have more active role for the OIC and for the Muslim World to get all the Muslims united together and they can be very effective power in International World”..=DNA

The ambassador said over 45,000 Palestinian students had graduated from Pakistan so far.
He further said, during the last six decades, Pakistan had supported Palestine not just on the political level but all International situations and organizations but the main support we received from Pakistan.

Pakistan has been providing our students the opportunity to study in Pakistani universities equally same as Pakistani students, so far we have over 45, 000 Palestinian students graduated from Pakistani universities in all specialties, and this actually helped us in the creation of the infrastructure of the Palestinian State, the majority of these graduates went back to the country and they worked in all ministries and all institutions, some of them are holding very senior posts, some of them are ministers, some of them are holding key posts within the Palestinian Authority.

During the visit of President Abbas to Pakistan two leaderships have agreed to form a committee headed by the two foreign ministers and will have members of many other ministries in both countries that they will be meeting to see how can we expand our relationship in terms of Agriculture, Banking, health, trade and many other areas to look and see the ways of expanding our bilateral relations for the interests of both Palestinians and Pakistanis.