PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with Sweden’s Special Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process Per Örnéus today in Ramallah at the PLO Headquarters and welcomed him to Palestine.
At the start of the meeting, Dr. Ashrawi expressed her deep appreciation to Sweden for its principled and courageous role in defending Palestinian human rights and speaking out against Israel’s persistent breach of international law.
In the context of Sweden’s special and historic relationship with Palestine, Dr. Ashrawi said: “Other countries should follow the lead of Sweden. Its continued support of Palestine clearly demonstrates the belief that the Palestinian people have the right to fulfill their aspirations for freedom and sovereignty.”
Both parties discussed Ambassador Örnéus’ new role as Sweden’s Special Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process, the current challenges of the post and the steps required to move forward to achieve a just and lasting peace.
Dr. Ashrawi provided Ambassador Örnéus with a thorough analysis of the deteriorating conditions on the ground, in particular Israel’s violations in Occupied Jerusalem and its grave and dehumanizing measures against the holy sites and worshippers, the escalation of its illegal settlement enterprise and home demolitions in and around Jerusalem, and its flagrant attack on media institutions and journalists in Palestine.
In addition to exploring opportunities to strengthen their mutual cooperation and coordination, both parties assessed the domestic political realities and the urgent need for reconciliation and the revival of the political system in Palestine.
The discussion also reviewed the latest global and regional developments and the American role in peacemaking and the ramifications of the proposed policies of the current U.S. administration and Congress, as well as future Palestinian moves in the international arena to hold Israel accountable and Palestine’s accession to various international organizations and agencies.
Dr. Ashrawi also stressed the imperative of multilateral engagement and the involvement of the P5+1 Plus: “There is an urgent need for the international community to move rapidly and collectively and exhibit the political will necessary to end the military occupation of Palestine and to eliminate the grave injustices suffered by the Palestinians.”