Bahrain, Egypt stress two-state solution as imperative

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa met with visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, where they stressed the two-state solution as an imperative one to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict…reports Asian Lite News

The two leaders on Wednesday said in a joint press release that it is important to return to “serious and effective negotiations” to achieve peace “in accordance with the principle of the two-state solution,” which “guarantees the Palestinian people their right to establish their independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital”.

They also urged Iran to abide by the principles of non-interference in the affairs of Arab countries, comply with the principles of good neighbourliness, and spare the region all destabilising activities, Xinhua news agency reported.

Moreover, the two sides expressed their aspiration for further cooperation in the banking, economic and commercial fields, through the establishment of joint investment platforms and more mutual visits.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian was killed on Wednesday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, Palestinian medics and eyewitnesses said.

Wessam Abu Bakker, director of Jenin Hospital, told Xinhua news agency that Mohammad Mer’ei, 25, was killed after being shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers who had stormed the city.

He said that Mer’ei later succumbed to his wounds in hospital.

Meanwhile, Palestinian eyewitnesses in Jenin said that an Israeli army force stormed the city early in the morning to arrest Palestinian activists who were wanted by the Israeli security intelligence.

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They added that fierce clashes broke out in the city between the Israeli army and dozens of Palestinians.

There was no immediate Israeli army response to Mer’ei’s killing.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned the young man’s killing, saying in a press statement that Mer’ei’s death is the result of “Israeli politicians who give instructions to the soldiers to kill.”

The ministry said it holds the Israeli government directly responsible.

“We call on the International Criminal Court to immediately start investigating the crimes of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli settlers,” the statement said, adding that Mer’ei is “a direct victim of Israel’s continued impunity.”

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