Abbas lobbies Uganda to support Palestine state recognition

January 8, 2012 11:59 am 

KAMPALA, Jan. 8 — Visiting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday urged Uganda to increase its support towards the creation of an internationally recognized, sovereign and independent state of Palestine.

Abbas, according to a State House statement issued here, made the call while meeting his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe, 40 km south of the Ugandan capital Kampala.

Museveni assured Abbas of Uganda's support for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination according to the two- state solution to exist side by side.

The two leaders expressed concern over the continuing Israel- Palestinian conflict which has affected millions of people and fuels insecurity and instability in the region.

According to the statement, the two leaders were encouraged by the efforts of the Quartet for a meeting in Amman, Jordan.

Uganda has consistently called upon Israel and Palestine to resume negotiations and reach a lasting peaceful settlement of their conflict based on the two-state solution where the State of Israel and the State of Palestine exist side by side in peace and security.

Museveni and Abbas said that there is need to rebuild the Africa-Arab relations based on trust, development and cooperation.

"This is a very good idea and we shall work on it. There is a lot of potential in this. Once we recognize and appreciate each other's differences, we live in peaceful relationships that recognize diversity," Museveni said.

Abbas arrived in Uganda on Friday on a working visit at the invitation of Museveni. (PNA/Xinhua)

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