ISLAMABAD: In response to the United States’ Peace Plan for the Middle East, the Foreign Office on Wednesday said Pakistan supported a two-state solution between Palestine and Israel, as enshrined in the relevant Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions.
Pakistan continues to support a just and lasting solution of the Palestinian issue, through dialogue and negotiations, that leads to the realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians, including the right of self-determination, said the FO.
“We renew our call for the establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally-agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital,” it said.
United Nations said it was committed to Middle East peace based on pre-1967 borders.
A spokesman to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that the secretary general was committed to peace on the basis of UN resolutions, international law, bilateral agreements and the vision of two states based on pre-1967 borders.
While flanked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled the Middle East Peace Plan, preemptively rejected by the Palestinian leadership. Trump’s plan provides route to the Palestinian state with support for the illegitimate settlement of Israel. It proposes Jerusalem as undivided capital of Israel.
In Nov 2019, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh had condemned the US announcement declaring Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as legal.
Talking to Palestinian news agency Wafa, Mohammad Shtayyeh had said it was nothing but an effort to support Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the final moments of the prime minister’s race.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had announced the new policy of the Trump administration saying that America no longer considered Israeli settlements to be illegal. Palestinians, European officials and rights groups had condemned the announcement.