Jerusalem24 – Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh yesterday met in his office in Ramallah, consuls and representatives of European countries in Palestine, in the presence of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyad al-Maliki, where he briefed them on the latest political developments and discussed with them a number of issues of common interest.
The Prime Minister stated that, “the Israeli violations against our people, especially the killings and arrests, and the daily incursions into Palestinian areas, in addition to demolishing homes, seizing land and settlement expansion.” He reiterated his call to the European Union to pressure Israel to stop these measures.
The Prime Minister said, “Europe must have a stronger voice, and take effective steps to compel Israel to stop its violations against our people, and to establish an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, with Jerusalem as its capital, in order to achieve the required peace and justice.”
Shtayyeh pointed out that “there is a political vacuum that needs to be filled through a peace initiative led by the International Quartet, in addition to the need for Israel to respect the agreements signed with it. Which will contribute to starting a dialogue with it on many political and economic issues and issues of the final solution.”
On the internal level, the Prime Minister said: “Israel has vetoed our democracy by preventing the holding of elections in Jerusalem, like all other Palestinian territories. The agreements signed with it stipulate that Jerusalemites participate in the elections by voting and candidacy, which is what was actually done in the previous elections.”
Shtayyeh explained that “community dialogue is a basis for strengthening our national and internal unity, and it includes all components of Palestinian society to review national priorities and needs and ensure freedoms under the rule of law.” Noting that comprehensive changes are underway, in addition to holding union and union elections, and holding municipal elections before the end of the year .