Ambassador of State of Palestine meets the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland
Yesterday, 15th June, the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to the Republic of Finland and the Baltic Countries, H.E. Mr. Taissir Al-Adjouri, met the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland, H.E. Mr. Pekka Haavisto. The meeting was also attended by Ambassadors of Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, the Kingdom of Suadi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Iran, Malaysia, Egypt, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia.
The meeting was opened by the Ambassador of Algeria, the Dean of Ambassadors in Finland. She thanked the Minister for this meeting and thanked Ambassador Al Adjouri for the initiative and efforts made to coordinate the meeting. She explained the violations and war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against our Palestinian people. Furthermore, she briefed about the demolition of homes and the construction of illegal settlements. She declared her support for the just cause of Palestine and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. The Ambassador of Algeria also called for urging the International Community and the European Union through Finland to speak out loud and take actual steps for the two-state solution. On other hand, she expressed the outcomes of the ministerial meetings of the Arab Group and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
In this context, Ambassador Al Adjouri thanked the Minister for his time. He briefed the Minister about how events began to deteriorate through Israeli occupation's storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Islamic and Christian holy sites, considering Jerusalem a red line for the Palestinians. Ambassador Al Adjouri indicated the Israeli policy of Judaizing Jerusalem, ethnic cleansing, and demolishing residential areas. He stated that in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem, Palestinian families are threatened with forced displacement from their homes. Al Adjouri also talked about the war crimes, siege, destruction, and degradation of infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. He also indicated the number of Palestinian prisoners and their suffering in the prisons of the Israeli occupation.
Ambassador Al Adjouri called on the international community, especially Finland, which supports dialogue, peace, and a two-state solution to take a practical step towards recognizing the State of Palestine. He demanded to officially recognize the state of Palestine as an independent state with 1967 borders and Jerusalem as its capital and keep supporting the two-state solution ‘the Only solution’ to achieve peace in the area. He called on reconsidering the boycott of settlement products and applying national laws to military cooperation. Finally, Ambassador Al Adjouri thanked Finland for its humanitarian support for providing humanitarian aid and support for UNRWA.
In this regard, the Minister thanked Ambassadors for this initiative, expressing his concern about what is happening in the region in terms of killing innocents, increasing violence, and the number of victims. He stated that Finland is clearly developing its supportive positions for the Palestinian people, as it did, for example, through the assistance it provided to UNRWA. He expressed Finland’s continued support for Palestine and the two-state solution. On other hand, the Minister thanked Egypt for calming the situation as a mediator.
After the words were delivered, there was a time for discussion with Ambassadors. The ambassadors of Indonesia, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco had strong points and good contributions in the meeting. For instance, the Ambassador of Indonesia called on parliament to play a greater role in stopping settlements and ending the conflict, while the Iranian Ambassador referred to restoring history in recovering the same suffering and displacing thousands of Palestinians. As for the Tunisian Ambassador, she expressed her support for the Palestinians and for Tunisia’s efforts to focus on what is happening in Palestine during the Security Council meeting. All attended Ambassadors called for an urgent two-state solution, and to recognize the independent state of Palestine with 1967 borders and Jerusalem as its Capital.