Malaysia to have consuls in Ramallah, Gaza - Saifuddin

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Putrajaya, Dec. 29 (BNA): Malaysia is planning to appoint honorary consuls in Palestine's Ramallah and Gaza next year in addition to the recently-announced Malaysian embassy accredited to Palestine in Jordan, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said.

He said this would allow Malaysia to have representations on both sides of Palestine, Malaysian News Agency (Bernama) reported.

"In 2020, we will establish our embassy in Amman. This is because it is impossible to have our office in Ramallah as you have to have some kind of arrangement with Israel and we cannot do that,” Datuk Saifuddin stressed.

He noted that this marks the first time Malaysia will have an ambassador dedicated to Palestine, as currently the Ambassador of Malaysia to Egypt is also accredited to Palestine.

When asked on the execution of the plan, Saifuddin said Malaysia is in discussions with Jordan on the matter.

"We need an agreement from Jordan to allow us to operate another embassy. As soon as we get their permission, we will be sending our people," he said.