S'pore appoints rep to Palestine

Mr Hawaziis now the non-resident representative to the Palestinian National Authority.
Mr Hawazi is now the non-resident representative to the Palestinian National Authority.

Singapore has appointed a representative to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), to coordinate the Republic's enhanced technical aid package for the Palestinians.

Mr Hawazi Daipi has been appointed as Singapore's non-resident representative to the PNA, Senior Minister of State (Defence and Foreign Affairs) Maliki Osman announced yesterday during a visit to the Palestinian Territories.

Dr Maliki is on a working visit to Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan until Thursday.

Mr Hawazi was Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower and Education before retiring last year.

During his visit, Dr Maliki reiterated Singapore's longstanding support for the two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He hoped both sides would resume negotiations and progress towards a just and durable solution.

Dr Maliki met President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Maliki, Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam, and Minister of National Economy Abeer Odeh in Ramallah.

He stressed Singapore's commitment to support the capacity-building efforts of the Palestinian people, said MFA.

In April, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a doubling of the Enhanced Technical Assistance Package for the Palestinians to $10 million during his visit to Ramallah.

Last night, Dr Maliki hosted a dinner for senior Palestinian alumni of the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP). To date, over 220 Palestinians have attended SCP courses in Singapore.

Today, he will visit the Palestine Red Crescent Society Headquarters, and meet Mayor of Al Bireh Municipality Fawazi Abed Salim to convey a donation of books from the National Library Board to the Al Bireh Public Library, before leaving for Jordan.

Ho Ai Li

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2016, with the headline 'S'pore appoints rep to Palestine'. Subscribe