UAE affirms its commitment to support Palestinians

The UAE’s remarks were made during an extraordinary meeting for the international donor group for Palestine

19:37 February 1, 2018

Brussels: The UAE, a major donor for the Palestinian Authority and people over the past years, has affirmed its commitment to continue its efforts to help improve the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people.

The UAE’s remarks were made during an extraordinary meeting for the international donor group for Palestine, at the ministerial-level in the presence of 28 members. The meeting was hosted by the European Union and chaired by Norway in Brussels yesterday, in the presence of Zaki Anwar Nussaibeh, UAE Minister of State and Foreign Ministers of Morocco, Egypt and Jordan as well as ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in Brussels.

The meeting touched on the Palestinian issue and discussed possible measures that might support the ongoing efforts aiming to reach a negotiated solution based on a two-State solution.

The UAE expressed its gratitude to participate in this special meeting, which aims to strengthen efforts to bring about peace in the troubled region; by encouraging serious negotiations to realize the two-state solution. This is conditioned the UAE noted, by establishing a Palestinian state and living in peace and security with Israel in the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital, all doors are to be open for all peoples, where the three monotheistic religions of the world can reach without restriction.

Affirming its full commitment to this process, the UAE voiced its full support to the statement of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy made during the meeting, where he stressed that every effort must be made to ensure the success of the peace process, which is based on international consensus of two states living in peace and security. He also called on all parties to urgently refrain from doing any action that might undermine this outcome.

The UAE also voiced its full support for the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation efforts aiming to enable the Palestinian Authority to fully manage the Gaza Strip and expressed its appreciation for Egypt's role in this process, which it believes is a precondition for alleviating the economic plight of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and establishing a secure Palestinian state.

The UAE affirmed its full readiness to engage with the members of the donor group, as called by Ine Eriksen Soereide, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway, and to make the next meeting in March 2018 useful and meaningful for producing concrete results as much as possible.