European countries have announced their readiness to recognize a Palestinian state

Ireland, Spain and Norway have joined other countries in announcing their readiness to recognize a Palestinian state, the prime ministers of the three countries said on Friday evening.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who has been calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state, traveled to Oslo on Friday and then to Dublin, where he held two joint press conferences with his Norwegian and Irish counterparts, Jonas Gar Stur and Simon Harris.

“We believe the moment to recognize a Palestinian state is drawing near,” Harris said. “We want to do this with as many countries as possible to give weight to the decision and send a strong message,” he added.

For his part, Sanchez noted that Ireland and Spain are “committed to publicly recognizing Palestine as a state when the circumstances are appropriate.”

Ireland has long said it has no objection to formal recognition of a Palestinian state if it contributes to the Middle East peace process. The war in the Gaza Strip has revived this issue.

“Norway is ready to make a decision regarding the recognition of the Palestinian state,” Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Kar Steur said during a joint press conference with Sanchez.

He added, “Based on time and context, this decision should be taken in close cooperation with like-minded countries. We have not set a specific timetable.”

Norway's parliament adopted a proposal put forward by the ruling parties in November, demanding that the government be prepared to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

For his part, the Spanish prime minister embarked on a tour this week in which he visited Poland, Norway and Ireland to address “the need to move towards recognizing Palestine,” according to a Spanish government spokesman.

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Sánchez stressed, “Spain is publicly committed to recognizing a Palestinian state, if the conditions are appropriate, in order to have the greatest positive impact on the peace process.”

Since October 7, 2023, the Israeli occupation has been waging a devastating war in the Gaza Strip, causing massive destruction and famine that claimed more than 100,000 martyrs and wounded, most of them children and women, and the lives of children and the elderly, according to Palestinian and UN data.

Israel continues the war despite the Security Council issuing an immediate cease-fire resolution and its first appearance at the International Court of Justice on charges of “genocide”.

TRT Arabic – Agencies

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