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Foreign minister Jilani denies meeting with Israeli minister

  • Caretaker minister says Pakistan will consider interests of both its own people and Palestinians in deciding how to establish ties with Israel
Published September 24, 2023

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani has confirmed that Pakistani officials have not met Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen recently.

According to Geo News, he said Pakistan would consider the interests of both its own people and the Palestinians in deciding how to establish ties with Israel.

The Israeli minister had claimed a day earlier to have met officials from Muslim nations with which Israel does not have formal relations.

According to Cohen, six or seven Islamic nations will join the Abraham Accords once Saudi Arabia joins the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia and Israel voiced optimism that they were moving closer to a historic normalization of ties as Iran — their common foe — accused the kingdom of betraying the Palestinians through the US-led effort.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations on Friday that Israel is on the "cusp" of normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia and that Palestinians should not get to "veto" the move.

Addressing the General Assembly in New York, Netanyahu said agreements in 2020 to establish formal ties with three other Arab states had already "heralded the dawn of a new age of peace."

"But I believe that we are at the cusp of an even more dramatic breakthrough -- a historic peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia."

US President Joe Biden is hoping to transform the Middle East — and score an election-year diplomatic victory — by securing recognition of the Jewish state by Saudi Arabia, the guardian of Islam’s two holiest sites.

Meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Biden quipped that he had “Irish optimism” on securing a deal with Saudi Arabia.

In 2020, Israel established relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Morocco, its first normalisations with the Arab world in decades after making peace with neighboring Egypt and Jordan.


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faisal Sep 24, 2023 01:50pm
Once saudis get good with Israel, we will welcome them too. Public will need some time to adjust, since a lot of propaganda is fed.
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AI Sep 24, 2023 04:31pm
When has establishment or it’s stooges have ever considered interest of Pakistani citizens in decision making??
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Tulukan Mairandi Sep 24, 2023 06:31pm
We must take to the street to stop this from happening
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Az_Iz Sep 24, 2023 06:59pm
Western and Israeli media is stating that Netanyahu is willing to make concessions to the Palestinians to reach a peace agreement with KSA. If the concessions are not the final arrangement, but the first step, that should lead to an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem included, there shouldn’t be a reason for other countries including Pakistan to not start making moves towards establishing relations with Israel. But there is no need to rush, particularly for a caretaker government. Like the statement says, it should be based on Palestinian and Pakistani interests. Not necessarily because KSA is doing it and everyone should follow them. At least, it appears that, KSA and MBS are not throwing the Palestinians under the bus. Let’s hope the concessions are significant , and let’s hope they are not final , designed to freeze the Palestinian issue, beyond this point.
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Khan Sep 24, 2023 07:15pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, Lol anything else ?
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TidBit Sep 24, 2023 08:15pm
Pakistan will fall in line, once KSA gives it some money
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Az_Iz Sep 24, 2023 10:51pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, you take the lead and see if anyone else will follow.
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TidBit Sep 24, 2023 10:52pm
@Az_Iz, "it should be based on Palestinian and Pakistani interest" --NO this is NOT your problem. It should be based on your COUNTRY and YOUR COUNTRY's interest alone. Will you ever learn?
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BA Sep 25, 2023 09:41am
Care taker clowns clowning around! No professionalism no integrity!
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