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From D. Arul Rajoo
NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- The long-existing close relations between Malaysia and Palestine has been strengthened with the signing of four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the two countries on Friday.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas witnessed the signing of the MoUs on the establishment of a Joint Committee Meeting, as well as on the cooperation in the field of health, tourism and Islamic affairs.
Earlier, the two leaders, who are in the city to attend the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), had also convened a bilateral meeting, during which Ismail Sabri reiterated Malaysia’s commitment to supporting Palestine’s struggles and right as an independent, sovereign country, with Jerusalem as its capital.
The prime minister also reiterated Malaysia’s stance to never support Israel on any international platform until the rights of Palestine as a sovereign state are restored, the Israel-Palestine peace process is concluded and the Israeli occupation of Palestine is ended.
To strengthen the bilateral ties, Abbas also invited Ismail Sabri to make an official visit to Palestine to see for himself the Israeli oppression and destruction of Palestinian-owned properties in the occupied West Bank.
During the meeting which lasted 30 minutes, Ismail Sabri also welcomed Palestinian people to pursue tertiary education in Malaysia in vital fields for the reconstruction of Palestine.
To date, there are approximately 800 Palestinian students at leading universities in Malaysia who are pursuing studies in various fields, including engineering, as well as technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
At the end of the meeting, Ismail Sabri reiterated Malaysia's commitment to Palestinian issues and will always ensure that it is given fair and equitable attention in international fora.
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