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Nov 22, 2016

No change in Sri Lanka’s policy towards Palestine

The Government today asserted that there was no change to Sri Lanka’s policy towards Palestine.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament that the relations between both countries is strong as ever.

He recalled that Sri Lanka has supported Palestine in the international fora including in the UN.

The Minister said that successive Governments have backed the Palestinian cause and that policy has not changed.

“Sri Lanka’s principled support for Palestine remains,” the Minister said.

Sri Lanka last month abstained from voting on a resolution by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which denounced Israeli violations in and around the al-Haram al-Sharif (also known as the Temple Mount) compound in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds.

The UNESCO resolution was submitted by the Palestinians supported by Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Sudan.

Samaraweera however said that Sri Lanka’s decision to abstain from voting in the resolution does not mean Sri Lanka’s policy on Palestine has changed.

He said that Sri Lanka feels the issue between Palestine and Israel should be resolved through negotiations and so it did not feel the resolution will be helpful.

(colombogazette.com)

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