Pakistan will not recognise Israel: PM Khan

Imran Khan remarks days after a US-brokered deal between UAE and Israel to normalise relations.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said his country will not recognise Israel until there is a Palestinian state acceptable to the Palestinians.

In an interview with local broadcaster Dunya News, Khan said on Tuesday Islamabad would not follow suit in recognising Israel as a state, in a thinly veiled reference to the United Arab Emirates which struck a United States-brokered deal last week to normalise ties with Israel.

“Whatever any country does, our position is very clear. And our position was made clear by [Pakistan’s founder] Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah … in 1948: that we cannot ever accept Israel as long as Palestinians are not given their rights and there is no just settlement,” Khan said.

 

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it would not follow the UAE in establishing diplomatic ties with Israel until it had signed an internationally recognised peace accord with the Palestinians.

“Peace must be achieved with the Palestinians on the basis of international agreements as a pre-condition for any normalisation of relations,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told reporters during a visit to Germany’s capital, Berlin.

“Once that is achieved all things are possible,” he added.

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