News ID: 274232
Published: 0231 GMT September 15, 2020

Qatar, Pakistan rule out possibility of normalization with Israel

Qatar, Pakistan rule out possibility of normalization with Israel

A senior Qatari official said Doha will not follow in the footsteps of neighboring Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to normalize relations with Israel, emphasizing that Doha will not take such a measure as long as the Palestinian issue is unresolved.

“We don’t think that normalization was the core of this conflict and hence it can’t be the answer,” Qatari spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah Rashid al-Khater said in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg television news network.

“The core of this conflict is about the drastic conditions that the Palestinians are living under… as people without a country, living under occupation” she added, Press TV reported.

Last week, Bahrain joined the UAE in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel.

In a joint statement, the United States, Bahrain and Israel said the agreement to establish ties was reached after US President Donald Trump spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah.

The deal came one month after the UAE and Israel agreed to normalize ties under a US-brokered accord.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan also reacted to the normalization deals, saying, “Any recognition of Israel will face strong opposition from Palestinian people. We cannot made a decision which runs counter to the aspirations of the oppressed Palestinian nation. We will continue to support the fair resolution of the Palestinian issue.”

Khan told Urdu-language 92 News television news network on Tuesday, “If the whole world wants to recognize Israel, Islamabad would not do so and would never make a decision contrary to the wishes of the Palestinian people.”

He underlined that the Pakistani government will never compromise on its fundamental principles of supporting Palestine and its liberation, as stated by the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

“Until a just solution to the Palestinian issue is produced, any recognition of the Zionist regime is ruled out. How can we accept to normalize with the Zionists when the main Palestinian parties do not accept it?” the Pakistani premier said.



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