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Serbia will not move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem

October 11, 2021 at 2:23 pm

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki in Ankara, Turkey on 7 May 2021 [Cem Özdel/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki yesterday met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to discuss bilateral cooperation relations, reported Wafa news agency.

The talks were held at the presidential palace, where the Palestinian delegation came immediately after arriving in Belgrade.

At the beginning of the talks, Vucic expressed great joy for the participation of Palestine in the Non-Aligned Movement Summit. The Non-Aligned Movement was established during the era of decolonisation by numerous developing countries that had recently won their independence and who chose to pursue an independent foreign policy.

He underlined the importance of cooperation between Palestine and Serbia, as well as the necessity to deepen their relations. He also confirmed that his country will not move its embassy to Israel to Jerusalem and is fully committed to international law and legitimacy.

In response, Al-Maliki expressed gratitude and appreciation for the Serbian president’s vision of deepening relations including the start of the two-day event of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit.

The Palestinian foreign minister also addressed the new Israeli government’s position on the issue of negotiations and the two-state solution, in addition to Israel’s refusal to negotiate with Palestine and recognise the Palestinians’ right to freedom and independence through self-determination and the two-state solution.

Israel captured the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in the 1967 war and has not put an end to its illegal occupation of the seized territories, which were earmarked for a future Palestinian state.

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