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Palestinian Ambassador presents credentials to FCO

Husam Zomlot, former head of the Palestine mission to Washington, presented on Tuesday his credentials as head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom to Alistair Burt

Oct 30

08:55
2018

Husam Zomlot, former head of the Palestine mission to Washington, presented on Tuesday his credentials as head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom to Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, at the British Foreign Office. Zomlot presented a letter to the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt from his Palestinian counterpart Riyad Malki.

Burt similarly presented a letter to Zomlot in which the British government welcomed him as head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK and expressed the desire of the UK government to strengthen cooperation with Palestine and deepen the unique and historic relationship between the British and the Palestinian people, according to a statement by the Palestinian mission to the UK.

The letter emphasized the British government’s full commitment to achieving a two-state solution through the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state based on 1967 borders.

The letter also stated that the UK government looked forward to a constructive relationship between the British Foreign Office and the Palestinian Mission to the UK.

For his part, Zomlot expressed the hope that the directive of President Mahmoud Abbas to upgrade the relationship between the two countries was achieved at all levels.

He added that he highly appreciated the very warm and senior reception at ministerial level from the UK government and vowed to continue the work of his predecessors in advancing British-Palestinian relations, particularly at this critical juncture for both Palestine and the UK.

Zomlot, who replaced Manual Hassassian, served as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Mission to Washington until the United States decided this month to shut down the office after 24 years in operation.