Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD today met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. The Sinn Féin leader, who is on a three-day visit to Israel and Palestine, met earlier in the day with Israeli Opposition Labour Party Leader Isaac Herzog.
The trip follows a visit to the region in 2009 after which Mr Adams published a detailed report proposing a number of steps to help resolve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Speaking after his meeting with President Abbas and his senior officials, Gerry Adams said:
“President Abbas and his colleagues outlined the many difficulties faced by the Palestinian people in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.
“The scale of destruction and the reconstruction needed in Gaza in particular, is enormous.
“I assured President Abbas that the vast majority of Irish people support the efforts for peace and the right of the Palestinian people to independence and sovereignty.
“President Abbas also outlined current Palestinian efforts to secure international support for and recognition of a Palestinian state.
“Sinn Fein fully supports these efforts and will continue to raise these issues in the Dáil, at European level and elsewhere.”