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Malaysia closer to open in Jordan embassy accredited to Palestine

Kuala Lumpur has no diplomatic ties with Israel

Thursday October 31, 2019 10:18 PM, ummid.com with inputs from UNA-OIC

Malaysia Palestine Embassy

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's Foreign Ministry has initiated measures to gather information to implement the government's decision to open a Malaysian embassy accredited to Palestine in Amman, Jordan.

"Our ministry is in the midst of gathering information to implement this decision and getting feedback and experiences from parties that had opened diplomatic missions or embassies in Palestine," Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said.

Saifuddin Abdullah further said that Malaysia's plan to open an embassy accredited to Palestine in Jordan is because Kuala Lumpur has no diplomatic ties with Israel.

"That is the main reason why we cannot open our office in Ramallah or West Bank. If our embassy is opened in Ramallah, Malaysia will need to officially engage with Israel for logistics, administrative and immigration matters," he said Thursday.

Abdullah was responding to a question before the parliament session about the details of the government's plan to open its embassy in Amman.

The declaration of a State of Palestine took place on November 15, 1988 by the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). It was approved by the Palestinian National Council (PNC) by a vote of 253 in favour, 46 against and 10 abstentions.

The historic resolution was read by Yasser Arafat at the closing session of the 19th PNC to a standing ovation in Algiers.

At present, 25 embassies accredited to the Palestinian State exist in Ramallah and Gaza city, with 15 additional missions to the Palestinian National Authority and consulates.

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