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Ireland, Spain, Norway to Recognize Palestinian State

Ireland, Spain and Norway announced on Wednesday that they will recognize an independent Palestinian state, reported Sky News

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Ende said in a press conference on Wednesday that Norway, Spain and Ireland’s formal recognition of an independent Palestinian state will come into effect on May 28.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said that it was a step coordinated with Spain and Norway. He further added that it was “a historic and important day for Ireland and Palestine.”

The Prime Minister added that this step aims to help push the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a settlement through a two-state solution.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that his country will recognize the Palestinian State on May 28. Sanchez made the announcement, which was widely expected, before the country’s parliament on Wednesday. He spent months touring Europe and the Middle East to rally support for recognition of Palestine, as well as seeking a ceasefire in Gaza.

Earlier this month, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jose Albares said that he informed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of his government’s intention to recognize Palestine.

In response, Israel recalled its ambassadors to Ireland and Norway on Wednesday following their decision to recognize the state of Palestine. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said, “History will remember that Spain, Norway and Ireland decided to award a gold medal to the Hamas murderers and rapists, who raped teenage girls and burned babies.”

“Israel will not go over this in silence – their step will have serious consequences,” added Katz, according to BBC.

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