Palestinian FM vows to continue seeking accession to int'l organizations

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-19 22:07:52|Editor: mmm
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RAMALLAH, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Monday that the Palestinian Authority will continue to seek accession to international treaties and organizations.

Malki said on the official Palestinian radio station Voice of Palestine that such accession helps enhance the legitimacy of the State of Palestine around the world.

The top Palestinian diplomat said that the accession to world treaties and organizations helps grant Palestine with full membership in the UN and "enables it to fully handle its responsibilities instead of being a burden to the international community."

Malki's comments are considered as a response to the earlier remarks made by a senior U.S. official that played down the efforts of the Palestinians to join international organizations and treaties.

The U.S. official said that such efforts are "early and lead to counter effect," adding that the only realistic approach for the Palestinians is to reach "comprehensive and permanent" peace through direct negotiations, Israeli newspaper Times of Israel reported.

"We disagree with the American logic and we are fully aware that Washington's statement arose from its vision to prevent Palestine from becoming a full member state of the UN," said Malki.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on Thursday 11 international agreements, covering children's rights, rights of people with disabilities, women citizenship rights and countering gender discrimination.