National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 31 December 2017
Government of India has strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador Walid Abu Ali in Pakistan’s association with terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who is proscribed by the United Nations, at an event in Rawalpindi on 29.12.2017, is unacceptable. The concerns were conveyed both in New Delhi to the Palestinian Ambassador Adnan Abu Al Hija and in Ramallah to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, State of Palestine.
The Palestinian side has conveyed deep regrets over the incident and assured the Government of India that they are taking serious cognizance of their Ambassador’s presence at this event. They have said they will deal with this matter appropriately. It was also conveyed that Palestine highly values its relationship with India and stands with us in the war against terrorism, and will not engage with those who commit acts of terror against India.
We take note of the assurances given by the Palestine side, MEA statement noted.
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