Palestinian President Concludes Official Visit to Italian Republic

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas concluded his official meetings in the Italian Republic, during which he met held talks with President of Italy Sergio Mattarella and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Abbas expressed during these meetings his thanks and appreciation for the political positions of Italy and the European Union in support of the two-state solution in accordance with international legitimacy, and for supporting the right of the Palestinian people to gain their freedom and independence.

He indicated that this visit will contribute to strengthening friendship and cooperation relations between Palestine and Italy, and expressed his hope for further development of these relations through the Joint Ministerial Committee, which is expected to be held early next year in Ramallah, and will be headed by the foreign ministers of the two countries, with the participation of representatives of the relevant ministries, and strengthening the relationship between business owners in the two countries, and cooperation and twinning between the Palestinian and Italian cities.

“I extend our heartfelt thanks for Italy’s assistance in the areas of health to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic, water desalination projects, support for Palestinian institutions, training of security forces, women’s empowerment, UNRWA support, and contributions to the restoration of the Church of the Nativity.”

The President briefed the Italian President and Prime Minister on the latest developments on the ground and the aggressive practices and unilateral Israeli steps that undermine what remains of the two-state solution and create tension and instability, which represents a challenge to international legitimacy and the US administration, which demanded Israel stop to these actions.

He continued “We will not accept the continuation of the Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine. We will not accept racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing against our Palestinian people, and we will not accept the attacks on the Christian and Islamic holy places, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, nor the expulsion of Palestinians from their neighborhoods Jerusalem, and we do not accept the classification of 6 Palestinian human rights organizations as terrorism.”

Abbas went on to say “We also cannot accept settlement expansion and annexation programs, including the seizure of church lands, which strangles our people, Muslims, and Christians.”

On the domestic situation, Abbas said “We are committed to the unity of our land and people and to the formation of a national unity government in which all participating parties are committed to international legitimacy, and we are currently conducting the municipal elections that will begin next December, and we call on the international community to help us and enable us to hold elections in Jerusalem so that we can organize general elections, Presidential elections and the National Council elections as soon as possible.”

Abbas renewed his commitment to partnership with all segments of Palestinian society: the private sector, civil society, political forces, and others, in order to maintain the rule of law, standards of transparency and accountability, human rights, freedom of expression, and the empowerment of women and youth.

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