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Aboul Gheit and New Zealand Foreign Minister discuss the necessity of stopping the war and recognizing the State of Palestine

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, received today, at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, Mr. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, and the accompanying delegation, during their visit to Egypt and a number of European countries.

Jamal Rushdi, the official spokesman for the Secretary-General, stated that the meeting dealt with a number of regional and international issues of common interest, most notably the Palestinian issue, where Aboul Gheit praised New Zealand’s position rejecting the brutal Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and demanding an immediate and permanent ceasefire.

The Secretary-General of the League appealed to the New Zealand Minister to take a decision to recognize the State of Palestine as this is a path to achieving a peaceful settlement based on the two-state solution, considering that recognition and Palestine’s full membership of the United Nations paves the way for negotiations between the two parties on a basis of equality and equality, unlike the current situation.

The spokesman also indicated that Aboul Gheit stressed during the meeting the necessity of implementing the recent resolution issued by the Security Council regarding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, working to end Israeli military operations and stopping the bloodshed that continued for months inside the Strip, and working to provide relief to the population and bring in humanitarian aid in accordance with Sustainable and reliable mechanism.
The spokesman added that the meeting also touched on ways to enhance bilateral relations between the two sides.

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