Dhaka seeks efforts to find comprehensive solution to Palestine issue

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam.

Bangladesh has urged all key actors to remain seized with their efforts to pursue a comprehensive solution to the Palestine issue.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam made the call seeking the solution consistent with the relevant UN Security Council Resolution, and in Accordance with Arab peace Initiative, The Quartet Roadmap, and the principle of land for peace.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam.

“We also add our voice to the need for ensuring enhanced, predictable and sustainable funding for UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) in order for it to effectively carry out its humanitarian mandate in support of the Palestine refugees,” said Shahriar Alam.

While making statement on Palestine at the NAM Ministerial Committee on Palestine on Thursday, the State Minister said Bangladesh looks forward to review the situation further when Bangladesh will host OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Dhaka on May 5-6.

Under the guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Shahriar Alam said the government and people of Bangladesh remain steadfast in their support for the just legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people for their inalienable rights.

He talked about their right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent, viable, contiguous and sovereign Palestine State, with East Jerusalem as its capital in the framework of a two-state solution.

“Bangladesh acknowledges the developments with political unity and reconciliation in Palestine, which we consider to be a step in the right direction,” said Shahriar Alam.

He said the council has the moral obligation to prevail upon Israel to immediately halt is illegal settlements in the occupied Palestine territories, lift the blocked in the Gaza strip.

The council has the moral obligation to put an end to all forms of occupation. Immediate priority must be given to ensuring international protection for Palestine people suffering for decades from Israel’s policy of collective punishment, he added.