Pakistan funds construction of Palestinian embassy
Published Tuesday 08/10/2013 (updated) 09/10/2013 12:32
ISLAMABAD (Ma'an) -- Undersecretary of the Pakistani Foreign Ministry Jalil Abbas handed a million dollar check to Palestinian ambassador Walid Abu Ali on Monday to be used for building a new headquarters for the Embassy of Palestine in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
A statement by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said that Pakistan had pledged to fund construction of a building to house the Embassy of Palestine in February during a visit by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the country.
The move reflects his country's commitment to the Palestinian cause, the Pakistani official said.
Pakistan is one of more than 130 states worldwide that maintain diplomatic relations and recognize the state of Palestine.
In 2012, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution to upgrade Palestine to a "non-member state" at the United Nations, implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state.
The Czech Republic was unique in Europe, joining the United States, Israel, Canada, Panama and tiny Pacific Island states likes Nauru, Palau and Micronesia in voting against the move.