Participation of the Permanent Representative in solidarity with Palestinian workers

On the side-lines of the 108th Session of the International Labor Conference (ILO), held for the period 10th-21st June 2019 in Geneva, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Iraq in Geneva, Ambassador Dr Hussain Alkhateeb accompanied by Deputy Permanent Representative and Minister Plenipotentiary Dr Abbas Kadhom Obaid, Minister Plenipotentiary Ms Mayada Abdul Hadi, staff at the Mission following ILO and protocol matters, Second Secretary Mohanad Saber Mahmood and a Third Secretary Ahmed Ameen Rahoomi respectively, as well as the delegation from the Iraqi Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs headed by Director-General of the Department of Pensions and Social Security Mr Ali al-Helou, attended the solidarity stand with the Palestinian workers on 13th June 2019 at the headquarters of the United Nations Office in Geneva by invitation from the Permanent Delegation of the League of Arab States to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva and the Director of the Arab Labour Organization Mr Ali al-Mutairi and the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, with the participation of the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Dr Mohammad Shtayyeh, Director-General of the ILO Mr Guy Ryder, Permanent Representative of Indonesia in Geneva Ambassador Hasan Kleib, and representatives of social partners and employers at ILO.

Dr Shtayyeh delivered a speech on the situation of workers in the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in which he spoke of the difficulties they face in light of the pressures exerted on Palestinians by the American administration and the Zionist entity in cutting funding for the The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East  (UNRWA) and the US decision in transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem and the repercussions of the so-called ‘deal of the century’.

Mr Ryder spoke of the importance in ensuring the rights of Palestinian workers and the need to provide all suitable conditions for the advancement of the Palestinian labour market to assimilate the unemployed and the organization’s readiness to establish requisite programs and technical training to assist the Palestinians in these extremely difficult circumstances.

This was followed by a statement delivered by Mr al-Mutairi that emphasized the stable Arab position in support of the Palestinian people in achieving their aspirations to build their state and defend the rights of Palestinian workers in the face of threats and pressures from the Israeli entity.

Following the solidarity stand, the Iraqi delegation participated in the Palestinian photo and products exhibition which documented the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in defending their just cause in all stages.

The Permanent Representative also met with Mr Ryder, who on his part welcomed His Excellency AlKhateeb and wished him success in his new duties and stressed the need to meet in the near future after the conclusion of the International Labor Conference.

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