“The number of European countries recognizing our State will soon double”

“The number of European countries recognizing our State will soon double”
“The number of European countries recognizing our State will soon double”

AA / Ramallah / Awad Rajoub

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohamed Mustafa said Sunday that the number of European countries that recognize Palestine will soon double, calling on countries around the world that have not yet recognized it to take this step.

This emerged from a joint press conference with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albarez, attended by an Anadolu correspondent in the Belgian capital, Brussels, a few days after Spain’s recognition of Palestine .

Mustafa is in Brussels to attend a ministerial meeting on the “two-state solution”, hosted by Norway, and met his Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni yesterday in Rome.

“We are convinced that the number of European countries that will recognize the Palestinian state in the near future will double,” Mustafa added during the press conference.

On Wednesday, Spain, along with Norway and Ireland, announced that they officially recognized the State of Palestine, effective May 28.

Mustafa called on “all countries that have not yet recognized the Palestinian state to join this initiative and make a decision as soon as possible, in order to put an end to the injustice imposed on the Palestinian people for several decades” .

He welcomed “the steps taken by Spain to recognize the Palestinian State”, adding that with this step it “once again confirms its unwavering commitment to justice for the Palestinian people”.

He also welcomed the statement by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez “which recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination in freedom and security.”

The Palestinian Prime Minister added: “Spanish recognition, together with that of 146 countries seeking peace and stability in our region, will be the foundation of an irreversible path towards the establishment and support of a state Palestinian.”

And continued: “It is the only way to establish justice and peace in the region, not to mention that Spanish recognition is in accordance with international law and all United Nations resolutions, including the resolution adopted by the General Assembly by majority, according to which Palestine qualifies for full membership of the Assembly.

“We see this recognition as a responsibility to work together to transform this political recognition and make it concrete on the ground,” added Mustafa.

On May 10, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution submitted by the Arab group and other countries, affirming that the State of Palestine “meets the requirements for full membership of the United Nations, in accordance with Article 4 of the United Nations Charter” and “should therefore be accepted as a member” of the organization.

The recognition of Palestinian statehood comes in the wake of a devastating Israeli war against Gaza which left more than 116,000 Palestinian victims (dead and injured), mostly children and women, and around 10,000 missing since the October 7, 2023, in a context of massive destruction and famine which has cost the lives of children and the elderly.

Israel continues its war, ignoring a Security Council resolution demanding an immediate end to the fighting and orders from the International Court of Justice demanding an end to the attack on Rafah and immediate action to prevent acts of a genocidal nature and “improve the humanitarian situation” in the Gaza Strip.

*Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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