Ramallah (UNA-OIC) – Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh met here on Sunday with consuls and representatives of European countries in Palestine, where he briefed them on the latest political developments and discussed a number of issues of mutual interest.
Shtayyeh briefed the European officials on the Israeli violations committed against the Palestinian people, especially the killings and arrests, the daily incursions into Palestinian areas, the demolition of homes, and the seizure of land and settlement expansion.
The prime minister called on the European Union to pressure Israel to stop these measures.
“Europe must have a stronger voice and effective steps to compel Israel to stop its violations against our people and to establish an independent and sovereign Palestinian state within 1967 borders and with Jerusalem as its capital, in order to achieve the required peace and justice,” said Shtayyeh.
He also stressed the need to fill the current political vacuum through a peace initiative led by the International Quartet, and the need for Israel to respect the signed agreements, which will contribute to starting a dialogue on many political, economic and final-status issues.
At the international level, Shtayyeh said that “Israel has vetoed our democracy” by preventing the holding of elections in Jerusalem. He stated that the agreements signed with Israel provide for the participation of Jerusalemites in voting and running as electoral candidates, which has been done in previous elections.