Canada’s foreign minister said if given the chance, he would pressure Israel to abandon its plan to annex parts of the West Bank, reports the Palestinian Authority’s WAFA news outlet.
During a telephone conversation this week, Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne told PA Foreign Affairs chief Riyad Malki that if Canada joins the UN Security Council, it “will not remain silent” and will “speak out for peace and stability in the Middle East,” the report says.
For his part, Malki urged Champagne to consider imposing sanctions on Israel if it acts on annexation.
Later in June, a vote will be held among UN member states on whether to grant Canada a seat on the Security Council. Many political pundits do not believe Canada will be granted a seat due to its general irrelevance on the world stage.
Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank.
“I’ve been very direct with the Israeli leaders,” Trudeau said during his Tuesday coronavirus briefing. “We deplore such actions, which are going to delay any prospect of lasting peace in the Middle East.”
“I have highlighted both publicly and directly to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz the importance of staying away from measures that are unilateral and our deep concerns and disagreement with their proposed policy of annexation,” Trudeau said.