Israel-Hamas war: Belgium wants to bring together a larger group of countries with a view to recognizing the Palestinian state

Israel-Hamas war: Belgium wants to bring together a larger group of countries with a view to recognizing the Palestinian state
Israel-Hamas war: Belgium wants to bring together a larger group of countries with a view to recognizing the Palestinian state

“There is a lot of appreciation for the role played by Belgium in the previous months and the role we want to continue to play in bringing together a broader group of European countries to be able to use recognition as a lever to stop the violence “, did he declare.

Belgium did not follow in the footsteps of Spain, Ireland and Norway last week, which announced their decision to recognize the Palestinian state.

“The recognition will be part of a process but a process with many countries, with the objective of calling for an end to the violence in the coming days,” he added.

The Palestinian Prime Minister said he “appreciated” the Belgian position with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “We have a long relationship with Belgium which has long supported the Palestinian cause and we appreciate its position on what is happening in Gaza and the West Bank,” stressed Mr. Mustafa.

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The two men expressed their outrage after the Israeli army bombarded an area occupied by refugees in Rafah in the Gaza Strip. “I condemn this attack on a secure area where people went thinking they were safe,” said the head of the Belgian government, describing this act as “unacceptable”.

Among the topics discussed were the governance and financial situation of the Palestinian Authority, which is being strangled by Israel, which refuses to pay it Palestinian tax money.

“Israel has decided to withhold all our money, which does not allow us to pay our teachers, our nurses and our police officers. This is not acceptable,” denounced Mr. Mustafa.

“We risk being faced with a catastrophic situation,” warned Ms. Lahbib.

As an EU Foreign Affairs Council began, the head of diplomacy pleaded for the establishment of a fund which would allow the Palestinian Authority to “hold on”. The day before, she participated in a meeting in the capital which was also attended by Mr. Mustafa, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs and other representatives of Arab and European countries.

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