Palestinian President makes brief stopover in Dhaka

Diplomatic Correspondent
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas holds a stop-over meeting with Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday. — New Age photo

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas holds a stop-over meeting with Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh urged world leaders to take urgent and meaningful initiatives to resolve the Palestinian crisis.
Foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali made the call early Sunday after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Dhaka.
The meeting between the two sides was held during Abbas’s short stopover at Hajrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, on his way to Japan, the foreign ministry said in a press release.
Mahmoud Abbas updated the Bangladesh foreign minister on the latest situation with regards to Israeli atrocities on Palestinian people and land, as well as the longstanding impasse on the peace process. Terming Bangladesh an ‘unflinching proponent’ of Palestinian just causes, he expressed deep gratitude of the people and the government of Palestine to Bangladesh for its continued support and assistance to Palestine.
He also thanked Bangladesh for offering opportunities for higher studies to a good number of students, as well as training of armed forces members of Palestine in Bangladesh.
Ali reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of Bangladesh to the Palestinian people in their struggle for an independent homeland.
Foreign minister extended an invitation to the Palestinian President and also to his Palestinian counterpart to pay a bilateral visit to Bangladesh.
Palestinian president was accompanied by, among others, foreign minister Reyad Al Malki, president’s diplomatic advisor Majdi Al Khaldi, economic adviser Mustafa Abu Al-Rub and spokesman Nahel Abu Rodani.
State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid, ambassadors and chiefs of missions of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Morocco and charge de affairs of Palestine in Dhaka, among others, were also present.

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