Foreign Minister Jilani Affirms No Plans for Recognition of Israel

Web DeskSeptember 25, 2023

Israeli Foreign Minister Elhi Cohen earlier this week told Israeli journalists that he met leaders from numerous Muslim nations at the UNGA who had not yet recognized Israel.

In addition, he predicted that, in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s prospective involvement in the Abraham Accords, “six or seven” Muslim countries will likely normalize relations with Israel. The pact represents Arab countries like the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan that are ready to mend fences with Israel.

The Pakistani foreign minister said, “We take judgments based on our interests and the interests of Palestinians. The remark I made earlier this week in the OIC Contact group on Palestine reflects our perspective.

When asked if he had spoken to the Israeli foreign minister during the current UN meeting, Mr. Jilani responded, “The Israeli foreign minister has indicated he met ministers from five to six Muslim countries with which Israel did not have diplomatic relations. Even his face is unknown to me.

When asked whether he had discussions about this matter with other Muslim countries during the 78th UNGA, the foreign minister responded, “No discussion. We don’t even consider those things.

Even in group meetings, according to Mr. Jilani, he never saw the Israeli minister, and “if I see him, I won’t be able to recognize him.”

When asked if there was any movement in Pakistan to recognize Israel, he responded, “There is absolutely no move. Our stance is extremely clear, as I have often stated, and I made this explicit in my OIC statement.

On the fringes of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, the OIC committee of six Muslim foreign ministers on Palestine met this week. The OIC secretary general presided over the meeting, which was also attended by ministers and other high-ranking representatives from Pakistan, Senegal, Guinea, Turkey, and Palestine. In place of Pakistan was Mr. Jilani.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s solidarity with the Palestinian people and emphasized the necessity of carrying out the pertinent UN and OIC resolutions, but he also reiterated the call for “the establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, pre-1967 borders, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.”

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Mr. Jilani expressed grave worry over the ongoing deterioration of the situation in the occupied Palestinian lands, particularly around the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif in occupied Jerusalem.

He vehemently denounced Israeli atrocities, such as the murder of innocent bystanders, the invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the growth of illegal settlements, settler violence, administrative detentions, and airstrikes on the densely populated Gaza Strip. Such transgressions, according to Mr. Jilani, “completely disregard human rights.”

For effective deterrence and in this regard, the foreign minister emphasized the need to hold Israel accountable for its continuous illegal actions and acts of aggression.

The gathering encouraged the international community to defend the Palestinians from the open and illegal use of force and egregious human rights violations and to act swiftly to put an end to Israeli atrocities against civilians. A collaborative organization available to all OIC member states was also suggested at the meeting to aid in the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations.

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