Egypt welcomes announcement of Norway, Ireland, and Spain to recognize State of Palestine

Radwa ElSayed Hani , Wednesday 22 May 2024

Egypt welcomed on Wednesday the announcement of Norway, Ireland, and Spain to officially recognize the Palestinian State, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

In a historic move, Norway, Ireland and Spain announced their recognition of the Palestinian state earlier on Wednesday as several countries in the European Union plan to follow suit in an attempt to implement the two-state solution.

According to the statement, Cairo expressed its appreciation of the step, which supports the efforts to open a political horizon that paves the way to establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The foreign ministry called on countries that have not yet taken this step to move forward towards recognizing the Palestinian State and to uphold the values of justice. It also called on them to support the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state.

So far, 142 UN member countries, out of 193, have recognized the Palestinian State. This group includes many nations, mostly from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. It does not, however, include the United States, Canada, most Western European countries, Australia, Japan, or South Korea.

In April, the United States used its veto power in the UN Security Council to block a Palestinian effort to achieve full UN membership.

In early May, the UN General Assembly passed an Arab-proposed draft resolution by a more than two-thirds majority to reconsider and support Palestine's UN membership

The resolution grants Palestine several rights within the UN General Assembly, such as introducing and co-sponsoring proposals and amendments and raising procedural motions. It also grants Palestine a seat among member states and other privileges.

Furthermore, Egypt renewed its call to the United Nations Security Council and influential international parties for immediate intervention to preserve the rights of the Palestinian people in such an extremely delicate political situation.

The ministry also urged these parties to assume responsibility for addressing the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the strip and to stop the current Israel ground assaults on the Palestinian city of Rafah.

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