Luxembourg Condemns Israel's Settlement Policy during Diplomatic Visit
Luxembourg - January 11, 2024
The Head of Diplomacy for Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, condemned Israel's settlement policies during his diplomatic visit to Palestine and Israel in Ramallah, stating that colonization poses a hindrance to resolving the conflict.
After visiting an Israeli kibbutz that suffered significant casualties in a Hamas attack (a group listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and Europe), Xavier Bettel also toured Palestinian territories. The Foreign Minister visited the Amari refugee camp and its healthcare infrastructure.
In Ramallah, the Chief Diplomat of Luxembourg met with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, and other prominent figures in Palestinian society.
According to a press statement, Xavier Bettel emphasized the "urgent need for an immediate and humane ceasefire" during his discussions. He reiterated Luxembourg's commitment to a two-state solution. The Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg also condemned Israel's settlement policies, identifying them as a major obstacle to a two-state resolution. He underscored the importance of timely organization of democratic elections in Palestine.
The diplomatic visit reflects Luxembourg's continued engagement in the Middle East peace process and its advocacy for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Luxembourg's stance against settlement activities aligns with international concerns and efforts towards a comprehensive and lasting solution in the region.