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ISRAEL-PAKISTAN

ISRAEL-PAKISTAN RELATIONS Pakistan was one of several Muslim countries that refused to recognize Israel as long as it refused to vacate the land it had occupied on the West Bank after the war with Egypt and Syria in 1967 This stance did not change even after the Camp David Accord between Egypt and Israel that led to the recognition by the former of the latter Pakistan did not change its position even after India gave full recognition to the Jewish state and it began to use Israel’s proven military prowess and technology to improve its own defense capability Following some informal contacts between Israel and Pakistan, Islamabad sought help from a Muslim country that had the closest ties with Jerusalem On 1 September 2005, the Turkish government arranged a meeting between Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Pakistan’s foreign minister, and Silvan Shalom, his Israeli counterpart The meeting was held in Istanbul Kasuri and Shalom described the meeting as a “historic first,” and called on “all of the Muslim and Arab countries to reconsider their relations with Israel” Pakistan described the meeting as part of a broader initiative The Israeli response was even more euphoric “Pakistan, as the second largest Muslim country after Indonesia, has great weight



They themselves took a very brave step We know that they were under harsh attack, from the clergy and from others,” said the country’s foreign ministerOn 17 September 2005, while on a visit to New York to attend a summit of world leaders sponsored by the United Nations, President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan addressed the Jewish community at a dinner hosted by the World Jewry Council He reiterated that the Muslims and Jews had to work together toward creating conditions that would contribute to world peace See also FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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