PRESS RELEASE 135
The State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Participates in the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on the Palestinian Israeli Peace Process and in the Meeting on UNRWA
26/09/2019

The State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Valenzuela, participated today in the ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) with Israeli, Palestinian and international community representatives. The AHLC committee is the only permanent high-level multilateral working group of the process established at the 1991 Madrid Conference and aims to boost the peace process, the improvement of the Palestinian economy and the gradual construction of a Palestinian state.

The State Secretary regretted that Israelis and Palestinians still do not agree on the political solution based on the two states, the only one that can satisfy the legitimate aspirations of both. He argued that direct negotiations and not unilateral decisions on fundamental issues are the solution on which both should agree for lasting peace.

He reiterated Spain's commitment to build the Palestinian state and improve the economic conditions of the Palestinians, but recalled that the conflict needs a political solution, not an economic one.

The State Secretary also attended a support meeting for the UNRWA agency, which provides basic services to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees. At the meeting, chaired by the ministers of Jordan and Sweden and attended by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, Fernando Valenzuela highlighted the irreplaceable nature of the agency.

Spain is a traditional donor in favour of the Palestinians, including those helped by UNRWA.

 

 

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