Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on 19 November 2019 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]
Britain, Japan and Norway have reiterated their rejection of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Wednesday.
Erekat said in tweets that during talks with representatives of the three countries, "Britain, Japan and Norway reiterated their rejection of annexation and affirmed their continued support to UNRWA, (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees).”
Commenting on his phone conversation with British Minister in the Foreign Office, James Cleverly, Erekat tweeted: “Britain supports a rules-based world order, international law and, therefore, opposes annexation of occupied Palestine.”
According to Wafa News Agency, the PLO official also had phone calls with Japan’s Middle East envoy Masaharu Kono and Norway’s envoy for the Middle East peace process Tor Wennesland.
Erekat said that the Japanese diplomat “expressed his country’s utter opposition to annexation of occupied Palestinian territory,” and that their phone conversation focused on Japan’s contribution to our government against COVID-19 and support to UNRWA.
As for his call with Wennesland, Erekat said that the Norwegian diplomat reaffirmed his country's support for international law and "opposition to annexation of occupied Palestinian territory.”