France: Conditions to recognize Palestinian state have not yet been met

France's Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Stephane Sejourne leaves the weekly cabinet meeting at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 21, 2024. (Ludovic MARIN / AFP)
France's Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Stephane Sejourne leaves the weekly cabinet meeting at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 21, 2024. (Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

The conditions to officially recognize a Palestinian state have not yet been met, France’s foreign minister says, after a group of three other European states announced such a move in the hope that this will help bring peace to the region.

“This is not just a symbolic issue or a question of political positioning, but a diplomatic tool in the service of the solution of two States living side by side in peace and security,” Stephane Sejourne says in a statement, adding:

“France does not consider that the conditions have yet been met for this decision to have a real impact on this process.”

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