ISLAMABAD, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated Sunday that his country would continue to render unwavering support to Palestinian people till the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, local media reported.
Speaking at a luncheon in honor of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Islamabad, Zardari said that Pakistan would continue to support for Palestinian cause at every forum as Pakistan did at the 67th UN General Assembly session, and conveyed Pakistan's support to the admission of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations.
Expressing his dismay at the negative reaction of Israel to the recognition of Palestine as a state, Zardari voiced his concern over mocking of the UN by Israel which he said violated international law with impunity and champions of justice and human rights did nothing but watch, an official statement said.
"Pakistan strongly condemns the building of illegal settlements in the occupied territories and called upon the international community to stop Israel from building new settlements to the east and south of occupied East Jerusalem," he said, adding that these settlements, if allowed to be built, would dealt a death blow to the two-nation state solution. He termed the complete disregard by Israel for international law as a slap on the face of the international community.
Abbas, in his statement, extended the deepest respect and appreciation of the Palestinian people for the principled position of Pakistan and its sincere commitment towards the Palestinian people over the years and towards its just cause in the international bodies and at all levels.
While acknowledging the support of Pakistan to Palestine in international fora, particularly during the voting in the UN General Assembly to upgrade the status of the State of Palestine into an observer state, he reiterated that Palestine will continue to work hard to achieve their right to freedom and independence by ending the accumulated suffering of Palestinian refugees through 65 years of homelessness.
Abbas also thanked Pakistan for agreeing to build the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Islamabad. This gesture, he said, underlined strength of their relationship.
Earlier at the presidential office, Abbas and Zardari unveiled the plaque of the foundation of the Embassy of the State of Palestine.