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Palestine chairs extensive meetings as chair of G77 plus China

April 19, 2019 10:06 A.M. (Updated: April 19, 2019 11:02 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, chaired a series of high-profile meetings in the UN as Chairman of the Group of 77 and China, last week.

During the meetings, Mansour stressed the importance of international trade as a catalyst for sustainable development, calling on some countries to reverse the coercive and unilateral economic measures by that have badly affected international trade.

He also pointed to the danger of illegal cash flows and tax evasion, which has a significant impact on developing countries, especially African countries, where the volume of illegal cash flows is estimated at $200 billion.

Palestine took the presidency of the G77 and China by an overwhelming vote in October 2018 with 146 countries voting in favor, three opposing (the United States, Israel, and Australia), and 15 abstaining, which was seen as a great advance for the Palestinian efforts to receive international recognition.

The vote also elevated the legal status of Palestine at the UN to allow it to lead the largest UN bloc and represent it in all UN forums and events.

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