Selin ATAY-TDO- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says the Israel-Palestine issue will not be resolved unless there is a "just settlement" for the Palestinians, even if the number of countries that recognize Israel increase.
"Any one-sided settlement which is going to be imposed on the Palestinians is not going to work," Khan said as a response to the question about about the recent normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.
The Pakistani prime minister added that Israel must "recognize this: that if they do not allow the Palestinians to have a just settlement, a viable state, this issue will not die down."
"Even if other countries recognize it, it will not die down, the issue will continue to fester. It is in Israel's interest that there should be a just settlement," Khan continued on his remarks.
Pakistan would not recognize Israel until there is a Palestinian state acceptable to the Palestinian people, Khan said last month in during a TV interview.
Pakistani PM said if his country recognized the existence of Israel and ignored the oppression of the Palestinians, "we will have to give up Kashmir as well then", adding that this was not something Pakistan could do.
The United Arab Emirates on August 13 became the first Gulf Arab country - and third country in the region after Egypt and Jordan - to sign an agreement on normalizing relations with Israel.
Palestinians have condemned the UAE-Israel deal, also known as Abraham Accord. Turkey also threatened to suspend relations with the UAE following the announcement of the Abraham Accord.