Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Ireland close to formally recognising Palestinian state: PM

Ireland’s new prime minister, Simon Harris, says his nation is close to formally recognising a Palestinian state and would like to do so in concert with Spain and other like-minded countries.

Spain and Ireland, long champions of Palestinian rights, last month announced alongside Malta and Slovenia that they would jointly work toward the recognition of a Palestinian state.

After a meeting with his Spanish counterpart, Harris said, “Let me this evening say our assessment is that that point is coming much closer, and we would like to move together in doing so”.

“When we move forward, we would like to do so with as many others as possible to lend weight to the decision and to send the strongest message. The people of Israel deserve a secure and peaceful future, so do the people of Palestine. Equal sovereignty, equal respect,” Harris said.

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