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Saudi Arabia Welcomes Recognition of Palestine by Norway, Spain, and Ireland

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the Kingdom welcomes the decisions recently announced by Norway, Spain, and Ireland to recognize the State of Palestine, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

According to the statement, Saudi Arabia appreciates the decisions made by these countries, which underscore the international consensus on the inherent right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

It calls other countries to swiftly follow suit, to contribute to finding a reliable and irreversible path toward achieving just and sustainable peace that fulfills the rights of the Palestinian people.

The Kingdom reiterated its call to the international community, particularly the UN Security Council Permanent Members that have not recognized the State of Palestine, to expedite the recognition of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

This will enable the Palestinian people to obtain their rights and establish a just and comprehensive peace for all, the statement concluded.

On Wednesday, Norway, Spain, and Ireland announced that they will recognize the State of Palestine.

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Ende said in a press conference 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 this step aims to help push the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a settlement through a two-state solution.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez made the announcement, which was widely expected, before the country’s parliament. He spent months touring Europe and the Middle East to rally support for recognition of Palestine, as well as seeking a ceasefire in Gaza.

In response to this announcement, Israel recalled its ambassadors to Ireland and Norway.

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