Palestine recalls Ambassador to Pak over appearance with Hafiz Saeed

Palestinian ambassador Waleed Abu Ali sits along with Lashkar-e Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed at a rally in Rawalpindi in Pakistan

Reports say that the presence of the Palestinian envoy at a JuD rally is a setback for India.

Affirming ties with India and Palestine's support to "India's fight against terror", Palestinian Ambassador to India Adnan Abu Al Haija informed the government on Saturday that the Palestinian Authority had chose to recall its Ambassador to Pakistan Walid Abu Ali, for sharing dais with Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.

Hours after the New Delhi government protested vociferously to Ramallah, Abu Ali was recalled from his post by the Palestinian Authority.

In a statement on Saturday, the Ministry of External Affairs said the Indian government has "strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador in Pakistan's association with terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who is proscribed by the United Nations, at an event in Rawalpindi on 29.12.2017, is unacceptable".

"The Palestinian side has conveyed deep regrets over the incident and assured the Government of India that they are taking serious cognizance of their Ambassador's presence at this event".

"The spokesman for the Palestinian Foreign Ministry stresses the commitment of the State of Palestine and its keenness to maintain good relations with the friendly Republic of India, as well as its support for the efforts of the Republic of India in its war against terrorism", noted the Palestinian foreign ministry's statement.

According to reports, Palestinian ambassador in Islamabad Walid Abu Ali attended a large rally organised by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council in Rawalpindi, Pakistan this morning.

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Palestine calls it unintended mistake.

In a stern statement on Friday night, the MEA said it would take up the matter "strongly", and had called in Ambassador Al Haija to deliver the message.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to Palestine in the coming months.

Palestinians deeply value the true voices of solidarity with our struggle for self-determination in Pakistan and India alike, and this solidarity can only be based on a common commitment to freedom, justice and equality as well as respect for global law. "We are supporting India in its fight against terrorism and because of that my Government chose to directly call our Ambassador to go back home, not to be Palestine ambassador to Pak anymore", added Hajia.

Saeed used Friday's "Tahafuz Baitul Maqdas" rally to launch a broadside against India and to rake up the Kashmir issue by linking it to Palestine.

Palestinian envoy who shared dais with Hafiz Saeed recalled. "He (Walid Abu Ali) did not know terrorist Hafiz Saeed".

US President Donald Trump broke with decades of US policy earlier this month by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and declaring he would move the country's embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city. In fact, when Saeed spoke, he asked people around him who he was... and then the Ambassador gave his own speech and left the stage.

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