6 June 2014
South Africa supports international efforts aimed at the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday, following the formation of a Palestinian unity government earlier this week.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore the new unity government in on Monday following a reconciliation deal with Islamist group Hamas which promises to bring to an end to the division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
“This milestone development will go a long way towards advancing the Palestinian national reconciliation in particular and its struggle for self-determination,” Zuma said in a statement on Thursday.
“South Africa calls on the international community to support the new government of national consensus that has been inaugurated in Ramallah, which will ensure national cohesion and reconciliation amongst the Palestinians.”
He added that South Africa would continue to offer its support to the government and people of Palestine as they strove towards nation building and freedom.