Archival image of Israeli soldiers guarding the Jordan Valley east of the occupied West Bank (Reuters)
Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Malki discussed with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian the Israeli plans to annex other parts of the occupied Palestinian territories.
Speaking with Le Drian over the phone, al-Malki touched upon the latest developments on the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral relations, the Israeli annexation policy and opportunities to revive the stalled peace process, reported Wafa News Agency.
Al-Malki voiced his deep concerns over Israel’s plans to apply sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the illegal colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank.
He warned that such a move would have grave consequences not only in the occupied Palestinian territories, but also in the whole region. He called on his French counterpart to urge his country and other EU countries along with the UN Security Council to immediately take a clear and decisive position in response to Israel’s violations of international law and UN resolutions.
The French diplomat pointed out that his ministry will issue a statement on the matter and will work to follow it up with all parties.
Le Drian announced that the French Agency for Development (AFD) would provide 3 million euros in emergency assistance to the Palestinian Health Ministry for purchasing medical equipment and covering associated needs.
He emphasized an increase in France’s financial aid for NGOs providing support to the Palestinian people and continuing support for the Palestinian government’s budget.