RAMALLAH, November 21, 2014 (WAFA) – Mayor of the South African city of Johannesburg Mpho Parks emphasized his countries solidarity with the Palestinians people stressing that, ‘we have an obligation as a country and as people to work jointly in search of a lasting solution to the Palestinian question.
The Mayor addressed the delegates who gathered from over 250 worldwide countries to attend the International Conference of Local Authorities in Solidarity with the Palestinian People held in Ramallah on Friday, stressing that “We believe that not only do we have an obligation as a country recently liberated to those who continue to suffer from Prejudice, colonialism, and other forms of discrimination, but we also believe that as a country and as a people we need to join the global community in search for justice for all, for a just world, for international peace, for coexistence of people across the world, and most definitely in search for a lasting solution to the Palestinian question.”
“We south African local government has undertaken to insure that the agreements between our member municipalities and their counterparts in Palestine are agreements that must be driven by commitments to insure mutual benefit and lesson exchange between our respective cities,” Said Parks.
He also praised the significant role the local authorities play in Palestine, stressing that “We have no doubt that we also have much to gain in terms of expertise, experiences and lessons from Palestinian local authorities.”
He expressed his pleasure to welcome president Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to South Africa scheduled in the upcoming weeks; stressing that, “we believe that your visit will further enhance the work that various organizations are undergoing to create awareness on the plight of the Palestinian people.
The conference, run under the Auspices of UN International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, hosted over 250 Arab and international political figures, members of parliament, mayors and local authorities’ representatives, as well as experts in all different aspects, from across the world continents.
To be noted, a number of African delegates, who have no direct or diplomatic relations with Israel, experienced difficulties in obtaining entry permits from the Israeli side.