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Malaysia is aware of ‘risks’ in championing Palestinian cause: Premier

October 22, 2023 at 12:57 pm

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim at Al Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 21, 2023 [Royal Court of Saudi Arabia/Bandar Aljaloud/Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images]

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said he is aware of the “risks” in championing the Palestinian cause but will continue to highlight the plight of the Palestinians on the international stage, local media reported on Sunday.

Anwar, who wrapped up his visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday, said he had no choice as the Palestinian cause is a humanitarian issue.

Yes, I know there are many risks. I don’t have any choice as there is killing of young children and women

Local English daily Malay Mail quoted him as saying.

“We don’t want to be alone. I believe all countries need to come together to look for a solution for the Palestinian people,” he said when asked if Malaysia would lodge a complaint against Israel at the International Court of Justice over its actions against the Palestinian people.

He further said that Tel Aviv needs to be pressured to stop its current actions against Gaza.

“If left unchecked, the fallout would have a severe impact on regional security. We need to get other nations involved,” he went on to say.

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