Spain, Norway, and Ireland have announced plans to formally recognize a Palestinian state.

Spain, Norway, and Ireland have announced plans to formally recognize a Palestinian state, according to CNN reports. Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin stated that the recognition will come into force in all three countries on May 28. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris during a news conference in Dublin. This decision is expected to bolster the global Palestinian cause but may strain relations with Israel.

The Palestine Liberation Organization indicates that Palestinian statehood has been recognized by more than 130 out of 193 member states of the United Nations. Prime Minister Simon Harris emphasized the significance of the recognition, stating, “Today, Ireland, Norway, and Spain are announcing that we recognize the state of Palestine. Each of us will now undertake whatever national steps are necessary to give effect to that decision.”

Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre commented on the situation, highlighting the impact of the war in Gaza on the need for peace and stability. He stressed that resolving the Palestinian question is essential for achieving lasting peace in the region. Støre emphasized the importance of pursuing a political solution that allows two states, Israel and Palestine, to coexist peacefully.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez expressed the rationale behind their decision to recognize the state of Palestine. He stated, “We will recognize the state of Palestine for peace, coherence, and justice.” Sánchez clarified that this recognition is not intended to be against the people of Israel or the Jewish community. He emphasized that it is not in favor of Hamas but rather supports the idea of coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.

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