Our newly elected Depute Leader, Angus Robertson MP, met with Palestine’s Ambassador to the UK, Prof. Manuel Hassassian, at the UK Parliament on Wednesday as a prelude to his upcoming visit to Palestine.
Ambassador Hassassian thanked the SNP Westminster Group leader for the backing of the Scottish National Party and all the people of Scotland ‘for their unfailing support of the Palestinian people’, which he said had been particularly appreciated during Israel’s last war on Gaza, two years ago.
Angus Robertson said that ‘Scotland was a strong ally of Palestine and the Scottish and Palestinian governments shared the same values. Moreover, the Scottish people have long supported the Palestinians during critical times.’
Angus Robertson also announced that once Scotland gains its own independence, it would recognize Palestine as an independent state and open an embassy in the Scottish capital.
In their meeting, Ambassador Hassassian and Mr Robertson discussed the big challenges facing the Palestinians and ways to move ahead. The SNP Depute leader said that, as his party was now the third biggest party in the UK, it could play a leading role in pushing forward the two state solution as an honest broker. He emphasised that a space had to me made for a proper and balanced approach which would result in a two state solution and which would see a truly independent Palestinian State come into being.