“In conversation with H.E. Mr. Mohammed Shtayyeh, Prime Minister of the State of Palestine”

The UN Palestinian Rights Committee held a virtual interactive conversation with the Prime Minister of the State of the Palestine Mr. Mohammed Shtayyeh on 18 May 2020 which was livestreamed on UN Web TV, the UN YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter.

The Committee is deeply concerned about Israel’s announced plans to annex large areas of the West Bank, as early as in July 2020. Speaking from Ramallah, the Prime Minister updated on the latest developments and outline the steps the Palestinian Government intends to take to counter annexation and salvage the two-State solution. He gave an update on the impact of COVID-19 on the Palestinian population; and on the kinds of international support Palestinians need to overcome the crisis. The event also addressed options for Member States to counter the threat of annexation.

Mr. Shtayyeh was appointed Prime Minister in April 2019 and is a member of the Central Committee of Fatah. He held many leadership positions in Palestine, including as Dean of Birzeit University, and President of Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR). Mr. Shtayyeh was appointed twice as Minister of Public Works and Housing, in 2005 and 2008. He was a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid peace negotiations and the Washington peace talks.

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