7 February 2012 - H.E. Mr. Zahir Tanin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, is currently attending the UN Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People being held in Cairo in his capacity as a Vice President of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. During the seminar in Egypt, the members of the Committee’s bureau including Ambassador Tanin met with Mohammed Amr, the Egyptian Foreign Minister, and the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Nabil el-Araby.
The seminar, held on February 6th and 7th at the Sofitel Cairo El 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. Maxwell 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, “clearly saw the high economic cost of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory” and that he believes that “a two-State solution is long overdue”.
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 step towards assessing the current state of assistance to Palestinian people ended today.