Adams meets senior Palestinian delegation
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today led a Sinn Féin delegation, including party Foreign Affairs spokesperson Padraig MacLochlainn TD and Aengus O Snodaigh TD, in a meeting with a senior Palestinian delegation, led by Dr. Nabil Shaath, who is a leading member of Fatah, and a former Chief Negotiator and Foreign Minister and for the Palestinian Authority.
Dr. Shaath is currently involved in a round of meetings across EU states in which he is advocating support for a UN resolution in support of Palestinian statehood.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking after the meeting said:
“I reiterated Sinn Féin’s support for the Palestinian cause. The Palestinian people have the right to independence and self-determination and to a viable Palestinian state.
Sinn Féin supports the Palestinian people in their efforts to achieve statehood, based on the 1967 borders.”
The Sinn Féin leader also said:
“At this critical juncture in the difficult process of achieving a political settlement in that region there is an opportunity for the Irish government to take the lead in encouraging other European governments to support the Palestinian people.
“The Irish government should indicate now its full support for Palestinian UN Membership in the autumn.”
Mr. Adams added:
“I have visited the Middle East. I do not underestimate the difficulties in seeking to resolve the multiplicity of issues that need to be resolved, including a viable Palestinian state; Israeli occupation of Palestinian land; the siege of Gaza; the settlements; water rights; refugees; prisoners; the Separation wall and Jerusalem.
“However, with international support progress can be made.” ENDS