Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah called for better cooperation between Singapore and Palestine, as he welcomed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
“Your country is a pioneer in the field of vocational training; we could learn a great deal from you,” Hamdallah said.
The two Prime Ministers discussed future cooperation between Singapore and Palestine in several areas, especially in vocational training and water desalination.
“In Gaza, there is a water shortage,” Hamdallah added. “We consider Singapore a model in the field of desalination and we hope to benefit from your experience in water management.”
During the meeting, Prime Minister Lee announced that Singapore will increase its enhanced technical assistance package to the State of Palestine from five million US dollars to ten.
He also reiterated his support for a two-state-solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; calling for an amicable and negotiated settlement between the two parties.
“We hope that progress will be made on these issues. If we don’t do anything, it will be disastrous for both parties,” he added.
PM Hamdallah briefed his guest on the latest developments on the ground, and described Gaza as the “largest open air prison in the world” due to Israel’s suffocating siege.
He further added that the current right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu does not believe in peace, and constantly disregards the security of Palestinians, subjecting an entire population to collective punishment and degrading treatment.
“Netanyahu doesn’t believe in a two-state-solution, as the continued expansion of settlements shows…for the last 22 years, we have been negotiating for the sake of negotiating.”