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Shehu urges end to Israel, Palestine conflict


Senator Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani

The Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), has restated his commitment to working for an end to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Sani, who disclosed this while on a courtesy visit to the Embassy of Israel in Abuja, said he was passionate about peace in the Middle East and that he stands for a two-state solution, where both countries will live in peace.

The lawmaker stressed that peace in the region was paramount to global stability, stressing that the conflict had affected many countries in the world negatively.Sani said: “Last week I was at the Palestinian Embassy and it is fair enough that I visit the Israeli embassy.

“I am very passionate about peace, peace in the Middle-East, peace between Israel and Palestine and I stated it clearly to the officials of this embassy that I fully support the United Nations Resolution (UN) on the crisis between Palestinian and Israel.

“I stand for a two-state solution whereby the nation of Israel and the nation of Palestinian will live together side by side in peace and freedom.
“I restated my support for an independent state of Palestine and also I stated my opposition for any call for the destruction of the state of Israel. I see the end to Israeli and Palestinian conflict as central and key to peace in the whole world.

“The Israel and Palestine conflict has come a very long way and I believe we mustn’t give up just for the fact that it has always reached a deadlock.”
Sani urged all stakeholders involved in the peace process to continue to encourage dialogue between Israel and Palestine, noting that such conflict was not supposed to exist in the 21st century.

He noted that individuals and groups had used it as a reason to unleash mayhem and destabilise other parts of the world, noting that Israel and Palestine are African neighbours and what affects them affects the continent.

“He added: I restated this to them that as Africans we are very much desirous of seeing that this conflict comes to an end. The efforts by the United Nations are also commendable.

“I also restated that peace for the state of Israel would have to be peace for Palestinians too and peace for Palestinian would have to be peace for the state of Israel.
“This is what I restated and I have also heard their own very side and they said it clearly that they are also in support of UN resolution to end the crises and the violence.”

“But they also said it very clearly that they prefer both sides sitting down to discuss and resolve this issue and that they have always being willing to attend any conference or any fora that is aimed at resolving this very issue.

“We simply concentrated in the very fact that let there be an end to violence between Palestine and Israel and I told them that colonialism and occupation is not acceptable in the 21st century world.”

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