Pres­i­dent: Azer­bai­jan is mak­ing con­tin­u­ing con­tri­bu­tion to strength­en­ing of Is­lamic sol­i­dar­ity

Azer News - - Nation - By Narmina Mam­madova

Pales­tinian For­eign Min­is­ter Riyad al-Ma­liki paid an of­fi­cial visit to Azer­bai­jan on Novem­ber 5. As part of his visit, he met with Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev and at­tended the meet­ing of the am­bas­sadors of the State of Pales­tine ac­cred­ited to Asian coun­tries.

Il­ham Aliyev said that Azer­bai­jan al­ways showed sol­i­dar­ity and sup­port on the Pales­tinian is­sue.

He noted that the fact that Azer­bai­jan is host­ing a meet­ing of the am­bas­sadors of the State of Pales­tine ac­cred­ited to Asian coun­tries is an ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple of this.

The head of state said Azer­bai­jan sup­ports two-state so­lu­tion to the Pales­tinian is­sue in ac­cor­dance with rel­e­vant res­o­lu­tions and de­ci­sions of the United Na­tions, adding that this stance has been un­am­bigu­ously ex­pressed at in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions. He noted that Azer­bai­jan is mak­ing con­tin­u­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the strength­en­ing of the Is­lamic sol­i­dar­ity.

On be­half of the State of Pales­tine, the min­is­ter ex­pressed his deep grat­i­tude to Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev for Azer­bai­jan`s host­ing the meet­ing of the am­bas­sadors of the State of Pales­tine ac­cred­ited to Asian coun­tries as well as dif­fer­ent hu­man­i­tar­ian events re­lat­ing to Pales­tine in pre­vi­ous years.

Riyad al-Ma­liki hailed the Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent`s par­tic­i­pa­tion and speech in the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion`s Ex­traor­di­nary Sum­mit of Al-Quds is­sue held in Is­tan­bul on De­cem­ber 13, 2017. The Pales­tinian for­eign min­is­ter said Azer­bai­jan en­joys great re­spect and in­flu­ence in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, ex­press­ing hope that the coun­try will suc­cess­fully chair the Non-Aligned Move­ment in 20192022.

Riyad al-Ma­liki, speak­ing at the meet­ing of Pales­tinian am­bas­sadors in Asian coun­tries, said that Azer­bai­jan's sup­port on the is­sue of Jerusalem is im­por­tant for Pales­tine.

Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­is­ter El­mar Mam­mad­yarov ad­dress­ing the open­ing ses­sion of the con­fer­ence noted with sat­is­fac­tion the de­ci­sion to host the gath­er­ing as a re­sponse to re­quest made by the Pales­tinian side and un­der­lined the con­tin­u­ous sup­port of Azer­bai­jan to the broth­erly Peo­ple of Pales­tine in their strug­gle to achieve peace, sta­bil­ity and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

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.

It was noted that Azer­bai­jan hosted sev­eral 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.

Also, it was em­pha­sized that Azer­bai­jan al­ways sup­ports Pales­tinian peo­ple in dif­fi­cult times and is com­mit­ted to Is­lamic sol­i­dar­ity. Vivid 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 in Oc­to­ber 2018.

Mam­mad­yarov briefed the con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants on Ar­me­nia's ag­gres­sive pol­icy and its con­se­quences against Azer­bai­jan, stress­ing that UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil's four res­o­lu­tions on the im­me­di­ate and un­con­di­tional re­lease of the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan have not yet been im­ple­mented.

The Azer­bai­jani for­eign min­is­ter also in­formed the par­tic­i­pants of the con­fer­ence about the ac­tiv­i­ties of Azer­bai­jan within the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC), con­sid­er­able con­tri­bu­tion of Azer­bai­jan to the cause of Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity, as well as ini­tia­tives launched and events or­ga­nized in this re­gard.

Riyad al-Ma­liki ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for con­tin­u­ous sup­port of Azer­bai­jan to the Peo­ple of Pales­tine in their strug­gle to achieve peace and un­der­lined that the de­ci­sion to host the con­fer­ence of Am­bas­sadors of Pales­tine in Asian states is a vivid ex­am­ple to it.

Riyad al-Ma­liki, re­spond­ing to the ques­tion of Trend on NagornoKarabakh con­flict, said that Pales­tine shares the po­si­tion of Azer­bai­jan on the con­flict.

He said Pales­tine is a sup­porter of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­ter­na­tional laws.

"We be­lieve that the best way to ob­tain full sup­port from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is to com­ply with in­ter­na­tional laws and im­ple­ment res­o­lu­tions adopted by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil," said Riyad al-Ma­liki.

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