Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with his Bosnian counterpart Bakr Alija Izetbegovic on Wednesday as part of Izetbegovic’s two-day official visit to the Palestinian state.
The two sides discussed the latest developments on the Palestinian issue and issues of common concern in the region, and ways of enhancing cooperation and bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary General of the Presidency Tayeb Abdel Rahim, Deputy Prime Minister Ziyad Abu Amr, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Riyad Al Malki, Member of the Executive Committee of the PLO Ahmad Majdalani, Member of Fatah Central Committee Mohammad Ashtiyeh, Diplomatic Advisor to President Majdi Khalidi, and the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Bosnia and Herzegovina Rizk Namoura.
In a joint press conference with the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reaffirmed the plan he presented last February to the UN Security Council for convening an international peace conference, to form an international mechanism to take care of the peace process. This mechanism would also aim to bring about the Palestinian people’s freedom and independence in their state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and respond to calls by the international community that the United States retreat from its resolutions on Jerusalem and refugees.
The President hailed the signing of bilateral agreements in the fields of education and information between the State of Palestine and Bosnia and Herzegovina, stressing the need to sign the other agreements reached between the two authorities – with the effect of greatly strengthening bilateral relations between them.
President Izetbegovic said that his country greatly supports efforts to bring about an international peace conference, through which it will reach a lasting and comprehensive internationally legitimate two-state solution.
He said he believed the only way an independent Palestinian state could be reached and the conflict ended would be through negotiations. This could only be done through a two-state solution, he added, and it must be balanced to bring peace to the region. This is important not only for Palestinians, he said, but for the whole world.
Izetbegovic also said that his country voted for the United Nations resolution to provide international protection for Palestinian civilians, as called for in various statements start a conversation and end violence.