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Ireland, Norway, Spain formally recognise Palestine statehood

May 28, 2024 at 4:03 pm

Palestinian flag flies at Leinster House as Ireland formally recognize Palestinian statehood, in Dublin, Ireland on May 28, 2024. [Mostafa Darwish – Anadolu Agency]

Ireland, Norway and Spain, on Tuesday, formally recognised Palestine as a State, Anadolu Agency reports.

Irish Foreign Minister, Michael Martin, said on X: “Today’s Government decision authorises the establishment of full diplomatic relations with the State of Palestine.”

“Recognition of Palestine is not the end of a process; it is the beginning,” Martin emphasised, highlighting “our long-standing development cooperation programme”.

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, also announced the development, saying: “This is a historic decision that has a single goal — to contribute to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

“We recognised Palestine because it’s the time to do so. We can’t wait any longer,” said Spain’s Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Albares, commenting on the government’s decision.

When asked how he would respond to Israel’s recent diplomatic attacks against Spain, Albares told journalists on Tuesday that Spain will deliver a “coordinated, serene and firm response,” alongside Norway and Ireland.

On Tuesday, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, compared Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister, Yolanda Diaz, to the leaders of Hamas and Iran, posting on X that she is calling for the “elimination of Israel”, even though she has insisted that she believes in a two-state solution.

Norway’s recognition was announced by Foreign Minister, Espen Eide, in a statement.

“Today, when Norway officially recognises Palestine as a State, is a milestone in the relationship between Norway and Palestine,” he said.

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