Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo speaks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority Riyad al-Maliki

Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo speaks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority Riyad al-Maliki

Reference Number: PR210919, Press Release Issue Date: May 15, 2021
 
This afternoon, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo had a phone call with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority in which they discussed the worst situation that has developed with the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. 

The two ministers agreed on the need for a ceasefire to stop the killing of so many innocent people, including children.

They agreed that what is currently happening shows that in order to find a solution, the Palestinians must be involved, including the right of Palestinians to live in their homes in East Jerusalem and to have full respect for the practice of the three religions in Jerusalem. 

They expressed concern that the current unrest is more fierce than in previous times, and Israeli and Israeli-Arab neighbours who have lived together for many years in communities in Israel are turning against each other with hatred and violence they have never shown before.

Minister Bartolo reiterated Malta’s position in favour of the two states solution where Israelis and Palestinians live side by side in security and peace. He called for a halt to the attacks by both sides against each other. In this context, he expressed his appreciation to all those countries that are working to stop the fighting. 

Minister Bartolo is in contact with several fellow foreign ministers of other countries in the ongoing effort to stop the fighting. He is also in touch with the Maltese ambassadors in Tel Aviv and Ramallah to assist and protect the Maltese living in the area.