The European Union on Tuesday for a short while appeared to have formally recognized a Palestinian state, but later backtracked, saying the ostensible change in policy was due to a “technical error.”
A statement published by the union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, initially referred to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “the President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas.”
The European Parliament and parliaments from several EU member states have recognized a Palestinian state, as has the government of Sweden.
But the union’s External Action Service – its foreign policy branch – has not followed suit, avoiding any mentioning of the phrase “State of Palestine.”
A few hours after Mogherini’s statement was posted on the EEAS website it was amended to refer to the Palestinian leader as “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.”
Responding to a question as to whether the EU had recognized a Palestinian state, the Twitter feed of the EU’s mission in Israel explained that “this was just a technical error that has already been corrected.”
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Mogherini met Abbas late Monday in Brussels to discuss steps to calm the current wave of terrorism.