RAMALLAH, August 28, 2014 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Thursday discussed with members of the British Parliament the consequences of the Israeli occupation’s aggression, possibilities of reaching a permanent cease-fire and the preparations for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
During a meeting in his office in Ramallah, Hamdallah briefed the delegation on the latest political and economic developments.
Hamdallah acquainted the British delegation on the immense number of civilian casualties, particularly among children, women and the elderly. He also stressed on the huge losses in the agricultural, industrial and infrastructure sectors with an emphasis on the massive number of destroyed houses and residential buildings.
He explained the government’s formation of a Ministerial Committee which has been tasked to assess the damage in the Gaza Strip to prepare for its reconstruction and rehabilitation in cooperation with concerned international and local groups.
Hamdallah commended Her Majesty’s government and the British people on their continuous support for the State of Palestine at all levels. PM stressed that Britain should take a major role in the process of reconstructing the Strip and contributing to a recognition of the Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as the capital.
The British delegation constituted of the British Labour politician and the Member of Parliament for Leicester South, Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s candidate, Stephen Kinnock, head of the Executive Committee of the Workers’ Party of Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, Komal Idriss, and former member of the Labour Party in the European Parliament Glenys Kinnock.