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Belgian officials boycott trade delegation to ‘Israel’

Brussels (QNN)- Two Belgian officials have pulled out of a trade delegation to the occupation state due to Israeli violations of international law and the Geneva Convention.

The foreign trade secretary of the government of the Brussels region, Pascal Smet, announced the move Thursday, the RTBF broadcaster reported. The move is a major victory for the BDS movement and defenders of Palestinians’rights.

Elio Di Rupo, prime minister of the Belgian state of Wallonia and a former prime minister of the kingdom of Belgium, pulled out of the delegation last week. The mission, which is set to take place December 8-11, will include businesspeople and representatives of commercial enterprises from across Belgium.

“The lack of progress in the peace process, the lack of progress on the ground and the violation by Israel of major elements of the Geneva Convention are prompting us to hold back on official cooperation,” Di Rupo said.

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