Norway to recognise Palestinian state as of May 28: PM

AFP , Wednesday 22 May 2024

Norway will recognise Palestine as a state as of May 28, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said Wednesday at a press conference, despite warnings from the Israeli government.

File photo- Pro-Palestinian protestors take to the streets during a demonstration organized in Oslo, Norway. AFP

Other European countries are expected to make similar moves on Wednesday: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was expected to announce the date for Madrid's formal recognition of a Palestinian state and the Irish government has called a press conference for 0700 GMT to announce its decision, according to local media.

Irish national public broadcaster RTE and the Irish Times both reported that it was understood the decision to recognise Palestinian statehood would be announced at the news conference.

The expected announcement by Irish premier Simon Harris, deputy premier Micheal Martin and minister Eamon Ryan comes after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said last week that he would announce on Wednesday a date for recognising a Palestinian state.

Sanchez said in March that Spain and Ireland, along with Slovenia and Malta, had agreed to take their first steps towards recognition of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, seeing a two-state solution as essential for lasting peace.

Israel recalled its envoys from Ireland and Norway for "urgent consultations" Wednesday ahead of the two governments' moves to formally recognise a Palestinian state.

In 2014, Sweden, which has a large Palestinian community, became the first EU member in western Europe to recognise Palestinian statehood.

It had earlier been recognised by six other European countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania.


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