President Muhammadu Buhari delivers his statement at the 76th UN General Assembly and holds a Bilateral Meeting with UN Secretary General in New York. (PHOTO: Presidency)
The presidents of Lebanon and Nigeria have called for a just solution to the Palestinian cause and the respect of refugees’ right of return to their homeland in accordance with the relevant international resolutions.
This came during their speeches before the UN General Assembly’s 76th session on Friday.
Addressing the situation in the Middle East, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said that the issue is about ‘‘the question of justice, fairness, and equity in respect of the Palestinian people.’’
“The situation in the Middle East is long-standing and gives cause for concern. Nigeria encourages Israel and Palestine to re-engage in dialogue based on relevant UN resolutions and Initiatives,” he added
‘‘The two-state solution has the support of the international community and is widely acknowledged as the path to lasting peace.’’
At the same time, Lebanese President Michel Aoun underscored the need to solve the Palestinian issue in accordance with the relevant international resolutions, especially those guaranteeing the right of return.
"We reject any form of resettlement for Palestinian refugees based on the necessity of solving their just cause,” said the Lebanese leader.
Aoun added that the continuous Israeli threats against Lebanon are the main concern of Lebanon, and that their latest manifestations are related to the Israeli endeavor to explore for oil and gas in the area of disputed maritime borders.