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Ashrawi urges Germany to recognize Palestine

Nov. 1, 2018 5:25 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 4, 2018 10:16 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi urged the European Union, particularly Germany, to recognize Palestine on the borders of 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on Thursday.

According to a statement issued by Ashrawi's office, Ashrawi said during her meeting with the new German Representative to Palestine Christian Clages "If Germany is committed to the two-state solution and the chances for peace and stability, it should recognize the State of Palestine in the immediate future."

Ashrawi met Clages at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah and welcomed him to Palestine; Clages was accompanied by the First Secretary for Political Affairs at the German Representative Office Josef Hinterseher.

Ashrawi expressed her appreciation to the German government for its continued backing of the Palestinian cause in the international arena and its support for Palestinian human rights.

The meeting discussed the latest political and regional developments and their impact on Palestine.

Ashrawi pointed out that the current US administration's "irresponsible and dangerous moves are antithetical to a just peace and have enabled Israel to implement its unilateral policies that are in direct violation of international law and conventions, particularly on the issue of settlements and the illegal annexation of Jerusalem."

She urged the international community, including the European Union and Germany, to play a decisive political role to hold Israel accountable for its egregious violations, to work actively to end the military occupation and to ensure the achievement of a sovereign and independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Ashrawi also asked her guest to press for a German recognition of the State of Palestine:

In addition to reviewing Palestinian-German relations and their commitment to enhancing relations between the two countries, both parties discussed Ashrawi's trip to Berlin last month.

The meeting also included an assessment of the internal situation in Palestine and the need for reconciliation, as well as the revitalization of democratic institutions and practices. In that context, they both addressed the resolutions of the PLO Central Council meeting, including future steps and means of implementation.
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