An unintended mistake, but not justified: Palestine tries to pacify India

Marsha Scott
January 2, 2018

The Palestinian ambassador to India, Adnan Abu Al Haij, was quoted as saying that his government supported India "in its fight against terrorism" and had chose to call back its Pakistan envoy.

Waleed Abu Ali had shared a stage with Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Rawalpindi on FridayNEW DELHI Palestine on Saturday recalled its envoy to Pakistan for sharing the stage with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, after India termed his action "unacceptable" and issued a demarche.

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

Earlier, Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday said that Palestine has conveyed regrets over its ambassador's presence at an event attended by global terrorist and mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed. "It was also conveyed that Palestine highly values its relationship with India and stands with us in the war against terrorism, and will not engage with those who commit acts of terror against India", the statement added.

The Government of India 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 Ministry of External Affairs has said.

Palestine calls it unintended mistake. Ministry of External Affairs said Palestine has regretted the meet. Pictures of Abu Ali circulated on social media after he reportedly attended the rally organized by the Difah-e-Pakistan Council in Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi.

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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.

Alhaijaa has been coordinating with the Indian government to schedule a possible visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Palestine. The countries disregarded Trump's threat to cut aid to the countries that voted for the resolution.

The rally featured several jihadi leaders, including Saifullah Khalid of the Milli Muslim League, a political party formed by Saeed, and Abdul Rehman Makki of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) The event was attended by thousands, including members of the JuD. "In fact, when Saeed spoke, he asked people around him who he was.He did not know the terrorist personally".

The Palestinian foreign ministry in its statement said Palestine "highly appreciates" the move by India to vote in favour of a resolution asking the U.S. to withdraw its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital at the United Nations General Assembly.

Palestine wants to maintain a healthy relationship with India. It has campaigned for long for snapping ties with India and the US.

"We appreciate the prompt action by President Mahmoud Abbas, the Government of Palestine, to recall (Ali) for having attended a meeting convened by LeT Chief Hafeez Saeed, an internationally reviled and known hardcore terrorist", said IPSF.

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