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Sinn Féin MP caught up in row involving Jeremy Corbyn's attendance at Tunisia ceremony

Francie Molloy has been caught up in row involving Jeremy Corbyn's attendance at a wreath-laying ceremony for terrorists in Tunisia. Picture by Pacemaker

SINN Féin MP Francie Molloy has been caught up in row involving Jeremy Corbyn's attendance at a wreath-laying ceremony for terrorists in Tunisia.

It has emerged Mr Molloy attended a conference in which Mr Corbyn was guest of honour, just a day before the Labour leader was pictured at the controversial ceremony in 2014.

Mr Corbyn has faced criticism for his involvement in the ceremony where a wreath was laid in memory of Palestinians suspected of being behind the Munich Olympics massacre in 1972.

Then a backbench MP, Mr Corbyn said he was honouring Palestinians killed in a 1985 Israeli bomb attack in the country.

It has emerged Mr Molloy, MP for Mid Ulster, attended the same conference as Mr Corbyn in Gammarth. Senior figures from Hamas, which is on the EU's terror blacklist, were also at the conference with many speakers discussing waging armed conflict with Israel.

But Mr Molloy said he was "more than content to participate in the conference in Tunisia in 2014".

"The conference focused on the deplorable human rights abuses and violations carried out by the Israeli state on the Palestinian people," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"It is an unfortunate reality that these abuses continue on a daily basis.

"I was very pleased to attend the conference alongside international legal experts, human rights activists and politicians from around the world.

"Sinn Féin stands firmly against the human rights abuses that are inflicted routinely on the Palestinian people by the Israeli state and stands firmly against racism in any and every form.

"Anti-Semitism is wrong, is unacceptable and should be confronted wherever and whenever it occurs. Dialogue and an inclusive peace process is the only route to an agreed and lasting peace in the region."

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