The French government has awarded PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi with the distinguished French decoration, “Chevalier de la Légion D’honneur” (Knight of the Legion of Honor).

During separate with diplomats at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah, French Consul General Hervé Magro informed Ashrawi that the French government has decided to award her the distinguished medal in a ceremony, which will be held next month, in Ramallah.

The discussion focused on critical conditions on the ground, along with Israel’s persistent violations of international law and human rights.

Both parties reviewed the role of the EU and the future steps of the French Initiative, and the means of removing obstacles and ensuring its success.

Ashrawi also bid farewell to outgoing Italian Consul General Davide La Cecilia, today, and thanked him for his valuable work in Palestine.

In yesterday’s meeting with British Deputy Consul General James Downer, Dr. Ashrawi discussed the latest political developments and Israel’s destructive policies and measures, including its racist laws and legislation, the escalation in its illegal settlement enterprise, home demolitions, the use of live ammunition and the summary executions of Palestinian civilians, and illegal detentions, among other violations.

WAFA further reports that Ashrawi raised the issue of the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and Palestinian plans to launch the 100-70-50 public diplomacy project.

She also called on the UK to start taking responsibility for the Nakba and the grave historical injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people, this century.

In addition, Ashrawi held a meeting with the “Nationalists for Ending the Rift” today, and they explored different ways to mobilize public opinion and to put pressure on the different parties in Palestine to end the rift.  The discussion also focused on creating an internal dynamic to promote reconciliation and unity, as a means of reforming and revitalizing the political system, as a whole.

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