New York, 24 September 2022 (TDI): Deputy Minister Ambassador of Turkiye, Sedat Önal, on Saturday represented Türkiye at the Ministerial Meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC).

The meeting took place at the United Nations Headquarters on 24 September 2022.

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AHLC: An Overview

Established in 1993, The Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) is a 15-member committee body that was established to promote cooperation between the parties and the donor community in Palestine in support of the two-state solution.

The committee’s primary function is to coordinate the delivery of International Aid to Palestinians and the Palestinian Authorities, the development of the Palestinian economy, and institution-building for a Palestinian state.

The meetings of AHLC take place twice a year either in New York or Brussels. The donors of the AHLC include the Arab nations, the European Union, the United States, Japan, international institutions (including UN agencies), European countries, and other Nations.

Türkiye’s support to State of Palestine

Türkiye has always supported the State of Palestine through many International diplomatic forums.

Türkiye aids the Palestinian refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and participates in the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH).

The total amount of assistance provided to Palestine directly from Government to Government or indirectly through International Organizations like the UNRWA and the WFP since 1995 is well over US$ 300 million.

Turkiye supports a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the UN Security Council Resolutions 242, 338, 1397, and 1515.

Moreover, Palestine’s upgrade of status to a Non-Member observer State at the UN on 29 November 2012 by the overwhelming support of the members of the UN, including Turkiye, constituted a landmark in the recognition of Palestine as a State.

In Addition, Turkiye supports the efforts of the State of Palestine to be recognized as a state in international forums. In this context, Türkiye actively backed the State of Palestine in its bid for membership in UNESCO in 2011.