28 June 2018Hot off the Press
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, has made an historic visit to the Palestinian territory of West Bank, the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to the Palestinian Territories.
During his visit to the Israeli-occupied territory, the Duke of Cambridge met with Palestinian President Mahmound Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday morning (local time).
President Abbas expressed his hope that Palestine would be a fully-independent state by the next time the Prince visits the Middle East, and reaffirmed his “full commitment to achieving a full and lasting peace based on a two-state solution where the State of Palestine lives side-by-side with the State of Israel”.
In a speech at the British Consul-General’s residence in Jerusalem, Prince William told the Palestinians: “My message tonight is that you have not been forgotten … I hope that through my being here and understanding the challenges you face, the links of friendship and mutual respect between the Palestinian and British people will grow stronger.”
“I am very glad that our two countries work so closely together and have had success stories with education and relief work in the past. So, long may that continue. My sentiment is the same as yours in hoping there is a lasting peace for the region,” he said.
This is the first time a British dignitary has referred to Palestine as a “country”, and appears to be a break with diplomatic protocol.
This follows Prince William’s meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, who asked the Prince to deliver a “message of peace” to President Abbas.