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Foreign Minister, Dr. Riyad al Malki meets with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Jan. 9, 2018, midnight

The Palestinian Foreign Minister, Dr Riyad al Malki met with British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson yesterday on his brief visit to London for very positive and productive talks. He was accompanied by Ambassador Manuel Hassassian and Amal Jadou, Ambassador and Director of the European Desk in Ramallah.

Dr al Malki discussed the implications of the Trump declaration on Jerusalem and asked the British Foreign Secretary to take a stand on the status of Jerusalem and the two-state solution. The Rt. Hon Boris Johnson assured Dr al Malki that Britain was fully committed to the two-state solution, condemned the illegal Israeli settlements and had not changed its position on Jerusalem as the future capital of Palestine.

This was reiterated in a further meeting with Minister of State, Alistair Burt who confirmed that the UK disagreed with the US decision on Jerusalem and believed the city should be the shared capital of both the Palestinian and Israeli states, agreed through final status negotiations. The Rt Hon Alistair Burt said that Britain had no plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Dr al Malki told the Minister that Trump’s declaration had shocked and dismayed the Palestinians who now need, more than ever, a collective effort from the international community towards the conflict with the UN, EU and Arab League fully involved under the auspices of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Dr al Malki had a third meeting of the day with International Development Secretary, Penny Mordant to discuss DIFD’s social and humanitarian work in the occupied Palestinian territories. Dr al Malki urged the The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt to continue the good work which is being done through her department’s funds to UNWRA and asked if DIFD funds could be increased in the light of the dire economic and humanitarian conditions in Gaza.

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