PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has pledged to contribute more than US$1mil (about RM4.1mil) to Palestine as part of a humanitarian effort to rebuild Gaza which suffered devastating destruction after recent attacks by Israeli forces.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the funds will go into rebuilding the Covid-19 testing facility in Gaza which was destroyed in last month’s attack.
“Malaysia will focus on carrying out humanitarian aid efforts for the Palestinian people to rebuild Gaza through partnerships with NGOs.
“I also invite other countries that share the same determination to step forward and mobilise aid for Palestine, ” he said in a statement on Friday (June 18).
Hishammuddin made this commitment with his Palestinian counterpart Dr Riad Malki in a bilateral meeting, which was part of his working visit to Turkey that began June 18.
During the meeting, Hishammuddin said Dr Riad expressed his appreciation and gratitude for Malaysia’s long-time support, adding that Palestine can always rely on Malaysia.
Dr Riad also shared recent developments in Palestine and stated that Palestinians continued to be cruelly attacked by Israeli forces.
Hishammuddin said Malaysia will continue to stand with Palestine and condemn Israel’s attacks on Palestinians.
Hishammuddin will be heading to Egypt next after completing his visit in Turkey, and will relay his discussion with Dr Riad to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and its Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry.
Hishammuddin is on a working visit to Turkey and Egypt until June 21.
During his visit to Turkey, Hishammuddin is scheduled to be a panelist for the session on “Regional Cooperation in Asia” at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.
He will also be meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Hishammuddin will be in Egypt on June 20 and 21, where he will also meet with the chairman of the Suez Canal Special Economic Zone (SCZone).
The working visits are subjected to strict Covid-19 preventive standard operating procedure as agreed upon by the Health Ministry, the National Security Council and relevant authorities in Turkey and Egypt.