Palestinian Authority recalls envoy from Pakistan over Jerusalem rally row

Palestinian Authority recalls envoy from Pakistan over Jerusalem rally row

Palestinian Authority recalls envoy from Pakistan over Jerusalem rally row

According to the Hindustan Times, the Palestinian move came after India strongly objected to the envoy's presence at the DPC rally. "We stand together with India in its fight against terrorism", Al Haija said.

Earlier, India issued a strong demarche to Palestine on the issue of the presence of its ambassador to Pakistan at an event of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, terming it as unacceptable.

In a statement, the MEA said the Palestinian side has conveyed "deep regrets" over the incident and assured India that they are taking serious cognisance of their ambassador's presence at this event.

"The spokesman for the Palestinian Foreign Ministry stresses the commitment of the State of Palestine and its keenness to maintain good relations with the friendly Republic of India, as well as its support for the efforts of the Republic of India in its war against terrorism", noted the Palestinian foreign ministry's statement.

Palestine Ambassador to India Adnan Abu Alhaijaa told The Sunday Express that Ali has been "recalled" by the Palestinian Foreign Ministry.

What followed was a calculated measure from Palestine, who said, "it was an unintended mistake, but not justified". Pictures of Abu Ali circulated on social media after he reportedly attended the rally organized by the Difah-e-Pakistan Council in Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi.

India and the Palestinian Authority are also discussing a possible visit to Ramallah by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February - seen by some here as a conciliatory gesture in connection with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India in January. The countries disregarded Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that voted for the resolution.

The move by the Ambassador to Pakistan was considered particularly insulting as it came close on the heels of India's vote at the UNGA in support of the two-state solution and criticising the USA and Israel for supporting a shift in Jerusalem's status.

"We take note of the assurances given by the Palestine side", the statement added.

Palestinian envoy who shared dais with Hafiz Saeed recalled. "Our Ambassador doesn't know this person.When he starts speaking, he asks who is this person?Our Ambassador's speech was after him, he made his speech & left". A western diplomat based in Islamabad said, "This was a case of poor judgment by the Palestinian Ambassador". Palestine, however, has consistently voted against India on the J&K issue- both in the United Nations and in OIC- for years, while criticising India's growing relationship with Israel.

"We appreciate the prompt action by President Mahmoud Abbas, the Government of Palestine, to recall (Ali) for having attended a meeting convened by LeT Chief Hafeez Saeed, an internationally reviled and known hardcore terrorist", said IPSF.

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