Monday 18 October 2021

Pakistan under pressure to recognise Israel, says Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime minister says United States and other countries ramping up pressure following Israel's deals with UAE and Bahrain

Pakistan is under pressure from the US and other countries to normalise ties with Israel, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, but insisted Islamabad will not open up relations with the "Zionists".


In September, the UAE and Bahrain signed a US-brokered normalisation agreement with Zionist regime, and have been rapidly building ties since.


Sudan last month became the latest Arab or Islamic country to follow suit after heavy pressure from Abu Dhabi and Washington. Last week, Khan revealed that Pakistan, too, was being pressed to recognise Israel.


Khan told local media "Israel's deep influence in the US" was behind the pressure.


"This influence was in fact extraordinary during the Trump stint," he said.


When asked if Muslim countries were also applying pressure, Khan said: "There are things we cannot say. We have good relations with them.


"I have no second thought about recognising Israel unless there is a just settlement, which satisfies Palestine," he added.

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