Buhari President declares support for Palestinian state

In his words, “I want to assure you that we will stand side by side with you, until our brothers and sisters in Palestine achieve their desired objectives."

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has declared his unflinching support for a two-state solution to the Israel- Palestine conflict.

According to a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Buhari made the statement during a meeting with the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hammad Al-Thani, on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

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In his words, “I want to assure you that we will stand side by side with you, until our brothers and sisters in Palestine achieve their desired objectives."

Continuing, 'Our support for various Security Council resolutions restoring and respecting 1967 boundaries with Jerusalem as capital of Palestine is firm and unshaken.'

As members of OPEC and Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), our relations in the areas of oil and gas, which our two nations heavily rely on, need to be enhanced and coordinated for the benefit of our people.

“The current market situation in the oil industry is unsustainable and totally unacceptable.

“We must cooperate both within and outside our respective organisations to find a common ground to stabilize the market, which will be beneficial to our nations,’’ the President said on the second day of his state visit to Qatar.

The President’s stance on the Israeli-Palestine conflict is similar with that of most countries of the world including the European Union, and Qatar is believed to be one of the major backers of Palestine including backing Hamas which governs Gaza.

However Israel and the United States have repeatedly blocked any United Nations resolution mandating a two-state solution.

Furthermore, it is believed that the non-resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and lack of progress in resolving it is considered the greatest foreign policy failure of President Barack Obama of the U.S.

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