RAMALLAH, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called on the Israeli government to abide by the signed agreement and the UN resolutions and stop all unilateral measures and actions in the Palestinian territories.
The official Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported that Abbas made the remarks during a meeting with the Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Tiani in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Tiani affirmed Italy's support for achieving peace according to the two-state solution based on international resolutions and its continued support to the Palestinian people, WAFA reported.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye called on Italy to recognize the state of Palestine based on its belief in the two-state solution and its commitment to support it.
An official statement said that during a meeting with Tiani, Ishtaye noted that recognition of the state of Palestine at this time "is important due to the complexity of matters on the ground and the lack of any political initiative."
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said during a joint press conference with Tiani that the "incitement program of the Israeli government is translated on the ground daily, as we witnessed the beginning of a bloody year, with the killing of 84 Palestinians, including 15 children."
Al-Maliki called on Italy "to reconsider its vote in the UN General Assembly and the rest of the specialized committees of the UN and other international agencies in favor of the State of Palestine and its national rights." ■