[VIDEO] Anwar Criticises Israel And Urges For Peace In The Middle East

According to the Prime Minister, the need for peace has now become critical.

Cover image via How Hwee Young/Reuters

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Monday, 30 October, criticised Israel and urged for peace in the Middle East amid escalating conflict in the region following the 7 October Hamas attack

Anwar's remarks came as he met with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The Malaysian leader, who is on a two-day visit to Singapore, also met with the nation's newly-elected President Tharman Shanmugaratnam earlier in the day, as part of the 10th Singapore-Malaysia Leaders' Retreat centred around bilateral cooperation between the neighbouring countries.

Anwar (3-L) and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong (3-R) pose for a photo with other delegates during a delegation meeting at the Presidential Palace in Singapore, on 30 October.

Image via How Hwee Young/Reuters

According to Anwar, the whole issue is not what happened two weeks ago (Hamas attack on Israel), but it's what we term as "politics of dispossession"

"Countries cannot continue to colonise another part of the Palestinian lands. But what is critical for now is, of course, peace," he said during the news conference yesterday.

Meanwhile, Loong stated that while Singapore has "diplomatic relations with Israel, at the same time we have friendly relations with the Palestine Authority. Malaysia has very friendly relations with the Palestine Authority, but they don't have diplomatic relations with Israel. So, the diplomatic situation is not identical. But there's no reason for that to cause a difficulty between Malaysia and Singapore".

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