Malaysia calls on D-8 to stop aid to Israel

PUTRAJAYA – Malaysia has urged the members of the Developing Eight Organisation for Economic Cooperation to refrain from providing any aid or assistance to Israel. This includes economic transactions that could contribute to its funding and illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan made this statement in response to the suffering of the Palestinians at the D-8 Extraordinary Meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers held in Istanbul, Turkiye on Saturday (8th June).

In a statement released on Sunday (9 June), the Foreign Ministry said that Mohamad had, while highlighting Malaysia’s strong position on Palestine, also highlighted three other priority issues at the meeting. These included calling on the D-8 collectively to support the call for an effective and permanent ceasefire in Gaza; increasing humanitarian assistance; and ensuring safe and unhindered access to aid.

He called on D-8 members of the bloc to formalise and establish a collaboration between the bloc’s and the State of Palestine.

The statement said that Malaysia and D-8 members states showed strong support for the Palestinians, which was reflected in the Declaration of the Extraordinary Meeting.

Malaysia and D-8 members states have expressed their strong opposition to Israel’s continuing aggression in Gaza Strip and Occupied Palestinian Territory, and their solidarity with Palestinian people.

The declaration called for an immediate, permanent, and unconditional ceasefire and supported all efforts to empower the Palestinian economy and rebuild Gaza following the withdrawal by Israeli forces.

Mohamad visited his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan during his visit.

It was an amicable meeting between two ministers, where they discussed a number of international, regional, and bilateral issues that were of concern to both parties, including the Gaza situation.

The statement stated that “He discussed with his counterpart how the D-8 can increase efforts to solve the Palestinians’ plight.”

Malaysia’s participation at the extraordinary meeting is part of Malaysia’s ongoing efforts to support Palestine and find ways to end the atrocities in that country.

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