7 February 2012 -Â H.E. Mr. Zahir Tanin, AmbassadorÂ and Permanent RepresentativeÂ of Afghanistan to the United Nations, is currently attendingÂ theÂ UN Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People being held in Cairo in his capacityÂ as aÂ Vice President of theÂ Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.Â During the seminar in Egypt,Â the members of the Committee’s bureau including Ambassador Tanin met withÂ MohammedÂ Amr,Â the Egyptian Foreign Minister, and the Secretary-General of the Arab League,Â NabilÂ el-Araby.
The seminar, held on February 6thÂ and 7thÂ at theÂ SofitelÂ Cairo ElÂ Gezirah, will focus on the impact of Israeli policies on the socio-economic situation in the West Bank, the socio-economic impact of the blockade of the Gaza Strip, and on ways in which the Palestinians and the international community can offset the cost of the occupation while preparing for independence, sovereignty and sustainable development.
On the opening session of the seminar which chaired by the H.E Abdusalam Daw the Permanent Representative of Senegal and the Chairman of the Committee, Mr. MaxwellÂ Gaylard, the Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian and Development Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, delivered a statement on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in which he stated that the Secretary-General, during his recent visit to the Occupied Territories, â€œclearly saw the high economic cost of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territoryâ€ and that he believes that â€œa two-State solution is long overdueâ€.
Ambassador Tanin chaired the first plenary of the seminar in the second day which focused on the economic situation in the occupied territories. The Seminar which was considered an important stepÂ towardsÂ assessing the current state of assistance to Palestinian people ended today.