Malaysia to open embassy accredited to Palestine in Jordan

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at the 18th NAM summit in Baku, Azerbaijan, today. (Bernama pic)

BAKU (Azerbaijan): Malaysia is to open an embassy accredited to Palestine to enable it to extend aid to the Palestinians more easily, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

The embassy will be set up in Jordan, Mahathir said when addressing leaders and representatives from 120-member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at the 18th NAM summit here tonight.

“We know that Israel will not allow Malaysia to open an embassy in the Occupied Territory. As such, we will open the embassy in Jordan,” he said.

He said the opening of the accredited embassy would allow Malaysia to extend aid to the Palestinians more easily, although he acknowledged that Israel will find a way to ensure no aid reaches Palestine.

“I would also like to bring to this occasion the fate that awaits our poor Palestinian brothers. Palestine remains occupied by a brutal regime. This regime continues to expand illegal settlements on land that rightfully belongs to the Palestinians,” he said

Mahathir said the international community is doing nothing and is unable to take action despite Israel continuing to choke the life out of Palestine and the Palestinians

“It is unfortunate that a world organisation set up by powerful nations now sees those very people ignoring the resolutions of that world body. Now we see others doing the same,” he said.

He said Israel has announced that it intends to annex parts of the West Bank – a move that clearly violates international law – as well as claiming Jerusalem as its capital.

“Many western countries are supporting this move by relocating or vowing to relocate their embassies there. Malaysia does not agree with this,” he said.

Mahathir urged NAM member countries that have relocated to Jerusalem or are planning to do so to reconsider their decision.

Palestine currently has an embassy in Kuala Lumpur while the ambassador of Malaysia to Egypt is accredited to Palestine.

In a speech at the United Nations last month, Mahathir had said that Malaysia cannot accept the blatant seizure of Palestine land by Israel for their settlements as well as the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel.

He said Malaysia accepted the state of Israel as a fait accompli but underscored that because of the creation of Israel, there is now enmity towards the Muslims and Islam.