M’sia pledges aid to rebuild Gaza Covid-19 testing facility

Innocence and destruction: A Palestinian girl with the national flag painted on her face playing amid buildings destroyed by Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip. — AFP

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has pledged to contribute more than US$1mil (RM4.1mil) to Palestine as part of a humanitarian effort to rebuild Gaza, which has suffered devastating destruction after attacks by Israeli military forces recently, says Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He 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 Palestinians 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.

Hishammuddin made this commitment with Palestinian counterpart Dr Riad Malki during a bilateral meeting, which was part of his working visit to Turkey from Friday.

During the meeting, Hishammuddin said Dr Riad expressed his 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 attacked by Israeli forces.

Hishammuddin said Malaysia will continue to stand with Palestine and condemn Israel’s attacks.

He will be heading to Egypt 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 tomorrow. During his visit to Turkey, he was a panellist for the session on “Regional Cooperation in Asia” at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.Hishammuddin will be in Egypt for two days where he will meet the chairman of the Suez Canal Special Economic Zone (SCZone).

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