President Mamnoon Hussain Monday said the Pakistani government and people had always stood steadfastly with their Palestinian brethren for their just cause and would continue to extend diplomatic and moral support to them.
In a meeting with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of 5th Extraordinary Meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), President Mamnoon called for an independent state of Palestine and end to all illegal settlements of Israel. President Mamnoon termed Israel's policy of grabbing land for settlement as an "ugly, immoral and illegal act" and added that the government and people of Pakistan follow the events in the Middle East with great concern.
He said that Pakistan supported the admission of Palestine to United Nations as full member. He mentioned that besides Palestinians, the people of Kashmir had long been suffering at the hands of occupation forces and being denied the right to self-determination. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked President Mamnoon for Pakistan's resolute support for Palestine and said that Pakistan could play an important role in convincing the international community for settlement of Palestinian issue.