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China, El Salvador to back PA's UN bid

Beijing and City of El Salvador both say will back Palestinian Authority's request for UN recognition in September

China said on Thursday that will support the Palestinian plan to seek full membership in the United Nations next month.


China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday that Wu Sike, its special envoy on the Middle East, told Palestinian leaders in a meeting in Ramallah that Beijing and the Chinese people have always supported the Palestinian cause.  


On the Palestinians' bid for statehood, the statement said Wu expressed understanding, respect and support.


Also on Thursday, El Salvador said it will back the Palestinian Authority's bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 lines, the Palestinian WAFA news agency reported.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly thanked his El Salvador counterpart and said he hoped relations between the City of San Salvador and Ramallah will flourish.


Negotiations with Israel on the terms of Palestinian statehood have been frozen since 2008.


As an alternative, the Palestinians have decided to seek UN recognition of an independent “Palestine” in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem


Earlier Thursday, Knesset members Ibrahim Sarsur and Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta'al), and MK Hanna Swaid (Hadash) met with various African ambassadors in Israel countries and urged them to back the PA's bid for recognition in the UN.


The African ambassadors reportedly agreed to recommend to their governments to support the bid.





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