Belgium has decided to upgrade the diplomatic status of the Palestinian representative office in Brussels, according to a joint statement issued on Wednesday.
This was announced following a meeting between Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki and his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders and Minister of Cooperation and Development Alexander De Croo in Brussels.
The two sides signed a joint declaration following their ministerial dialogue in which they affirmed their desire to develop bilateral relations in several fields, stressed their intention to consolidate the cooperation agreement signed between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on 12 November 2001 on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and expand it to include support for Palestinian schools in East Jerusalem as well as development projects in the Palestinian territories, especially in areas “C” of the West Bank, which is under Israeli military control, and the Gaza Strip.
The two sides also decided to elevate the level of Palestinian diplomatic representation in Belgium and provide support and training to Palestinian diplomats.
On the political front, they affirmed their commitment to work towards a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict leading to the establishment of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state on all the territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem.
Belgium also expressed its strong rejection of all Israeli settlement policies and measures in the West Bank including Jerusalem, which undermine the two-state solution. It further voiced its strong rejection of the destruction of Khan al-Ahmar village and the displacement of its inhabitants.
Source: Internatioanl Islamic News Agency