Canada vows to use Security Council seat against Israel's sovereignty plan

Canadian foreign minister slams Israel's sovereignty plan, vows to use seat on UN Security Council towards 'Mideast peace'.

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Canadian FM  François-Philippe Champagne
Canadian FM François-Philippe Champagne

Canada’s Foreign Minister hinted that his country could us a seat on the United Nations Security Council to push back against Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria.

Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne spoke with Palestinian Authority foreign affairs chief Riyad Malki Monday night to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s plan to apply Israeli sovereignty over large swaths of Judea and Samaria.

“I spoke today w/ Minister Malki of the Palestinian Authority. We took the opportunity to discuss COVID-19 & its challenges,” tweeted Champagne.

“I also reiterated Canada’s commitment to a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as a just & lasting peace in the region.”

According to the Palestinian Authority’s WAFA media outlet, Champagne also told Malki that if Canada is elected to serve a term on the United Nations Security Council, ‘it will not remain silent’, WAFA said, citing Champagne, who vowed to use the Security Council seat to speak out for ‘peace and stability’ in the Middle East and to work with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to promote the two-state solution.

Later this month the United Nations will hold an election for the coveted seat on the Security Council for the 2021-2022 term.

During the call, Malki urged Champagne to commit to supporting sanctions against Israel if the Jewish state moves forward with the sovereignty plan.