In Ramallah, the Palestinian President talks with the Canadian Foreign Minister.
In the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau, urging the international community to increase pressure on Israel to halt its assaults on Palestinians.
Abbas stated during Monday’s meeting that there must be a political horizon that provides the Palestinian people hope for ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state, according to Xinhua.
Abbas emphasized the critical nature of expediting the Gaza Strip’s rehabilitation project and sustaining Palestinian solidarity.
The President briefed Garneau on the efforts being undertaken by all parties concerned to stabilize the truce with Israel in the Palestinian territories and to restart the stalled peace process in accordance with international resolutions.
According to local media reports, Abbas acknowledged the Palestinian people’s gratitude to Canada for its assistance to Palestinian refugees and efforts to combat the Covid-19 outbreak.
Abbas stated that if Israel agrees to hold Palestinian elections in East Jerusalem, he will call for their holding in Palestine.
Garneau, for his part, stated that Canada condemns Israel’s decision to expel Palestinian people from their homes in East Jerusalem and opposes Israel’s settlement development, which he said breaches international law.
He reaffirmed to Abbas Canada’s commitment to achieving peace on the basis of the two-state solution and restoring regional stability.