Austrian President Supports Two-State Solution for Palestine

Ramallah, MINA – Austrian President Van der Bellen said during his official visit to Ramallah supported a two-state solution for Palestine through negotiations.

“Austria does not accept what the US government has done in Jerusalem by moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and holding back funds from the United Nations Aid and Employment Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA),” Bellen said on Tuesday at the Palestine presidential headquarters as reported by Wafa.

The Austrian president stressed that the European Union would continue to provide assistance to UNRWA.

“We spoke during a meeting on peace in the Middle East, and we knew the situation was bad,” he said,

He also explained that there were many programs of the Austrian Development Agency had provided for Palestine for decades in the fields of humanity, health, and water. Projects and programs were supported by Austria through the European Union, such as assistance to UNRWA.

Bellen also thanked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for inviting him to come to Ramallah. He stressed that relations between Austria and Palestine were warm.

“We will work to support the Palestinian people,” Bellen said.

After completing his visit, Bellen laid a wreath at the tomb of the former of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who he has known for a long time.

Meanwhile, Abbas said Austria would strengthen relations and cooperation between the two countries. He also thanked Austria for the political and economic support that made Palestine build national institutions and economy.

Abbas expressed hope that EU and its member countries would recognize Palestinian State because it would greatly help advance the peace process. (T/Sj/P2)

 Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)