SA envoys return from MidEast
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH Africa has called on the warring parties to the conflict in Gaza to conclude an immediate and unconditional ceasefire that would restore normalcy in the region.
Envoys of President Jacob Zuma delivered the message during a mission to Israel and Pakistan.
“South Africa is calling for the resumption of negotiations towards a permanent resolution to this conflict, which is a two-state solution of a viable Palestine existing side-by-side and in peace with Israel within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders based on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine,” read a statement the envoys released after their return to South Africa.
As part of their contribution to international diplomatic efforts towards the resolution of Israeli-Palestine conflict, the Special Envoys appointed by President Zuma travelled to both Israel and Palestine, to convey South Africa’s grave concern over the escalating violence, the civilian displacement and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in particular and the West Bank in general.
Accordingly, in Palestine, they met the Prime Minister, Dr Rami Hamdallah-Hamdallah, the Foreign Minister, Dr Raid Malki and the Secretary of Fatah’s International Relations Commission, Dr Nabil Shaath.
In Israel, we met the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tzachi Hanegbi.
The envoys also met the member of civil society, Mustafa Barghouti of the Council of the Palestinian National Initiative and encouraged him and the general members of the civil society to continue working towards a two-state solution.
– CAJ News
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