Islamabad: Pakistan last Friday described the complete normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel as a development with far-reaching implications and reiterated its commitment to the two countries to resolve the Middle East issue.
In a statement issued on Friday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said we have noted the Joint Statement announcing agreement of UAE and Israel to have full normalization of relations.
He said Pakistan has an abiding commitment to the full realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination. He said peace and stability in the Middle East region is also Pakistan’s key priority.
The spokesperson said that in order to achieve a just, comprehensive and lasting peace, Pakistan has always supported the two-State solution in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations and the Islamic Conference Organization and international law.
He said that Pakistan’s policy will be guided by our assessment of how to maintain the rights and aspirations of the Palestinians and how to maintain regional peace, security and stability.
On Thursday, Israel and the UAE announced that they have agreed to normalize relations between the two countries. This is only the third such agreement between Israel and Arab countries.
This development is only the third time that an Arab country has established comprehensive diplomatic relations with Israel. The UAE is now the first Gulf Arab country to do so. The other Arab countries that have established diplomatic relations with Israel are Egypt and Jordan.