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Belgium pledges to consider recognition of Palestinian state

Nov. 8, 2018 2:36 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 12, 2018 12:45 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Belgian government has pledged to consider the recognition of the State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to the Palestinian ambassador to Belgium and the European Union (EU), Abdul Rahim al-Farra, on Thursday.

Al-Farra spoke to Voice of Palestine radio and said that the Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders, has reaffirmed Belgian's commitment to the two-state solution and the establishment of the Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, including East Jerusalem as its capital.

Reynders also reaffirmed Belgium's rejection of illegal Israeli settlement construction, Israeli occupation authorities' actions in East Jerusalem, and the relocation the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Reynders expressed Belgium's strong rejection of the destruction of Khan al-Ahmar village and the displacement of its inhabitants.

Farra stressed "Belgium's decision to upgrade the diplomatic status of the Palestinian representative office in Brussels and its support for the Palestinian people indicate that Palestine's representative has become an ambassador just like ambassadors of other states in the Kingdom."

Farra was referring to an announcement regarding Belgium's decision to upgrade the diplomatic status of the Palestinian representative office in Brussels.

Both Belgium and Palestine affirmed their desire to develop bilateral relations in several fields and stressed their intention to consolidate the cooperation agreement signed between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Palestine Liberation Organization on 12 November 2001 on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

In addition, to expand the cooperation agreement to include support for Palestinian schools in East Jerusalem, as well as development projects in the Palestinian territories, especially in Areas C, which is under full Israeli military control, of the occupied West Bank, and the besieged Gaza Strip.

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