Ramallah (UNA-OIC) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday stressed the importance of restoring a political horizon and accelerating Gaza reconstruction.
The remarks came as Abbas received Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau at the Presidential headquarters in Ramallah, where he also underscored the need to restore a political horizon towards ending the Israeli occupation, political deadlock and hopelessness among the Palestinian people.
The president briefed the Canadian diplomat on the latest developments on the Palestinian arena and the efforts to consolidate the ceasefire across the occupied territories and resuming the long-stalled peace process, conducive to ending the occupation and achieving comprehensive peace, in line with the UN resolution and international law and under the Quartet’s auspices.
For his part, Foreign Minister Garneau renewed Canada’s position rejecting forced expulsions of Palestinians from Jerusalem, including Sheikh Jarrah, as well as Israel’s colonial settlement construction. He also emphasized the importance of respecting the holy sites and the Palestinian people’s self-determination.
He also noted his country’s commitment to achieving peace based on the two-state solution, establishing regional security and stability, and continuing to provide relief assistance and support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).