Islamabad (Staff report/Agencies): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that ensuring peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved without just settlement of the Palestine-Israeli dispute .

Speaking at a joint press stakeout with President Mahmoud Abbas after their talks in Islamabad today, The Prime Minister called for implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions calling for withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied territory.

He said establishment of a viable, independent and contagious state of Palestine with pre-1969 borders and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital is only guarantee for sustainable peace in the region.

Mian Nawaz Sharif referred to the newly constructed Palestinian embassy building in Islamabad and said the project would be a symbol of our brotherly relations.

President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pakistan for its steadfast support for the cause of Palestinian people besides financial assistance and scholarships for Palestinian students in Pakistani universities, Radio Pakistan reported.

Mr. Mahmoud Abbas said he briefed the Prime Minister of Pakistan on the latest developments in respect of Middle East crisis including Israeli settlements and the US decision to shift its embassy to Jerusalem.