Belgium has signed a deal to raise the status of the Palestinian diplomatic delegation to a mission.
“The raising [of the status] reflects Belgian and European support for the two-state solution,” Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said in a statement, according to the French news agency AFP.
Reynders signed the agreement during a bilateral meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan on Saturday, part of a diplomatic trip that included the Palestinian territories last week and is slated to take him to Israel this week.
Previously the Palestinians had been classified as a general delegation to Belgium. Now, under the new title, the head of their mission can assume the title of ambassador.
Belgium had planned the move since 2012 when it voted in the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a nonmember observer state.
Israel and the United States were two of nine countries to vote against the UN measure, arguing that the only path to Palestinian statehood should be through direct negotiations with Israel.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority have been engaged in a new round of peace talks since mid-July.