Saudi Foreign Minister: Two-State Solution is the Foundation for Peace and Security


Brussels, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah emphasized the Kingdom’s commitment to the two-state solution both at the Riyadh meeting in late April and at the Ministerial Meeting held here yesterday.

He said there are signs of consensus in the international community on the need to secure the rights and safety of the Palestinian people.

At a press conference held jointly with Norway’s Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, Prince Faisal highlighted the critical situation in Gaza Strip, stressing the need for an immediate ceasefire.

Prince Faisal pointed out that the international community agrees on the need of an immediate ceasefire and the release of hostages, stressing that “the humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate rapidly and in a completely unacceptable way”.

He said that the ministerial committee established by the joint extraordinary Arab-Islamic summit aims to a
ddress the situation in Gaza and advance the Palestinian cause, and stressed that the two-state solution is the foundation for lasting peace and security in the region.

Prince Faisal praised Norway, Spain, and Ireland for recognizing the Palestinian state, and said that other European countries are considering taking a similar step. He also highlighted the importance of supporting Palestinian state institutions to demonstrate their capability to carry out responsibilities, including ensuring the security of neighboring states, and stressed the need to abide by international law.

Furthermore, Prince Faisal said that if the international community complies with international law, including humanitarian law, this would signal to Israel that it is not immune from accountability and cannot indefinitely undermine the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Turkish FM: the time has come for the Security Council to recognize the State of Palestine after it received recognition from 150 countries

Istanbul, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan confirmed that the UN Security Council must recognize the State of Palestine, which has been recognized by 150 countries so far.

Fidan said in a press statement after participating in meetings on Palestine in Brussels yesterday, Sunday: The recognition of Palestine by Spain, Norway, Ireland and Slovenia as a state, and the increase in the number of countries that recognize Palestine to 150, is extremely important and requires the UN Security Council to recognize the state of Palestine, and this is a requirement of international law and humanitarian conscience.

Fidan indicated that he participated in three important meetings on Palestine in Brussels, organized by the European Union countries and the Islamic Contact Group regarding Palestine, stressing that it was an important series of meetings in terms of efforts made to raise the level of awareness about Palestine.

The Turkish Foreign Minister stressed that the international community’s sympathy and support f
or the Palestinian cause is gradually increasing and that he felt this in the meetings in Brussels.

Regarding Turkey’s position regarding Palestine, Fidan said, “Although we appreciate the international support provided to the Palestinian Authority since the Oslo Accords, what is most important is not only supporting Palestine, but granting it a state that enjoys complete freedom and sovereignty.”

He stressed that when this is achieved, the Palestinian economy will also naturally improve.

He pointed out that the agenda of the second meeting was more strategic, and Fidan explained that what could be done practically regarding the path to establishing a Palestinian state was appropriated and that the world is well aware of the problem in both Gaza and Ramallah, and they mentioned that they discussed how to move forward after adopting the two-state solution.

He said that the answer to this question was sought with the countries participating in the meeting, stressing the importance of recognizing Palestine a
s a state, especially by 4 European countries recently.

He added: The recognition of Palestine by Spain, Norway, Ireland and Slovenia as a state, and thus the increase in the number of countries that recognize Palestine to 150, is extremely important.

He stressed that Turkey believes that it is imperative for the UN Security Council to recognize the State of Palestine, since the number of recognizing countries has reached 150, stressing that “this is a requirement of international law and the human conscience.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

German FM: The ruling of the International Court of Justice is binding and must be respected

Baghdad , German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced today, Monday, before a meeting of European Union ministers, that the ruling of the International Court of Justice urging Israel to stop the war with Gaza is binding and must be respected.

Baerbock said: ‘No Israeli hostage will be freed if more residents are forced to take refuge in tents, and international humanitarian law applies to everyone, as well as to Israel’s practices in war and its commission of genocide crimes.’

The International Court of Justice had ordered Israel to immediately stop its military attack on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, and to open the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid, and said that Israel must submit a report on the measures taken within a month.

For his part, the President of the International Court of Justice, Lebanese Judge Nawaf Salam, affirmed that ‘the living conditions of the residents of Gaza are deteriorating and the humanitarian situation has become catastrophic,’ noting that ‘the humanitarian situa
tion in Rafah has deteriorated further since the court’s last decision, and Israel must refrain from any actions that pose a threat to the Palestinians.”

The judge stated that ‘the temporary measures taken do not fully address the consequences of the changed situation,’ stressing that ‘the circumstances require changing our decision issued on March 28,’ and that Israel must stop its military attack on Rafah, after the court considered that the conditions were met to take new emergency measures in the case of accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Muslim World League Commends Saudi Arabia’s and Norway’s Efforts toward Palestinian Statehood


Makkah: The Muslim World League (MWL) lauded the Ministerial Meeting held in Brussels, Belgium, co-chaired by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah and Norway’s Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide in collaboration with the EU, which aims to strengthen efforts to implement the two-state solution in the occupied Palestinian territories.

MWL Secretary-General and Chairman of the Organization of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa praised the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts, alongside those of international partners, to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people and secure their legitimate rights and independent state.

He emphasized that the meeting focused on taking practical steps toward establishing a Palestinian state based on the two-state solution, and to initiate a political process that leads to a fair, lasting, and comprehensive solution that fulfills the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and promotes security and stability in the region and g
lobally.

Al-Issa said the meeting supports international efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire, end the conflict in Gaza, and address violations in the occupied Palestinian territories, including taking control of the Rafah crossing and providing sufficient and secure relief aid to prevent the worsening of this humanitarian crisis.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

FINANCE COMMITTEE SESSION KICKS OFF TO DISCUSS SYRIAN REFUGEE DOSSIER

The Finance and Budget Committee, chaired by MP Ibrahim Kanaan, convened on Monday with the attendance of Acting Minister of the Displaced, Issam Charafeddine.

The session focused on discussing two legislative proposals: one concerning the regulation of the legal status of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and another regarding the organization of temporary residence and deportation procedures for Syrian refugees.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

LEBANESE DIASPORA DEMONSTRATE IN FRONT OF JUSTICE PALACE IN BRUSSELS IN PRESENCE OF BOU ASSI, STEPHAN

The Lebanese diaspora demonstrated with the participation of MPs Pierre Bou Assi and Elias Stephan in front of the Palace of Justice in Brussels ahead of the displaced Syrians conference, to demand that Syrians not be kept in Lebanon.

The demonstrators carried banners that “denounced the repercussions of this illegal presence in Lebanon on the security, economic and social levels, as well as on the country’s sovereignty and identity.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Delegation of Ministerial Committee Assigned by Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit Holds Meeting with EU Foreign Affairs Council


Brussels, The members of the Ministerial Committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, held a meeting on May 27, 2024, with the European Union Foreign Affairs Council. The committee members who participated in the meeting were the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Dr. Ayman Al-Safadi, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry.

During the meeting, they discussed the dangerous developments in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli occupation’s ongoing military aggression, which targets unarmed civilians. This includes the recent and appalling targeting of the tents of displaced Palestinians near the headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Work
s Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) northwest of Rafah.

The members of the Ministerial Committee stressed the need for the international community to fulfill its responsibility to intervene immediately to stop the massacres committed by the Israeli occupation forces and to limit the aggravation of the unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe that the Palestinian people are experiencing.

The members of the committee reiterated the importance of creating serious political conditions for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the relevant international resolutions, expressing their rejection of dividing the Palestinian issue and discussing the future of the Gaza Strip in isolation from the Palestinian issue.

The members of the committee also called for confronting all flagrant violations committed by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people, which increase the human tragedy and impede the entry of ur
gent humanitarian aid into the besieged Gaza Strip, stressing the importance of holding the occupation accountable for the ongoing violations in the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which violates international law and international humanitarian law.

Source: Saudi Press Agency