Norway announces it will recognize Palestinian state as of May 28

Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store announces his country will recognize a Palestinian state during a news conference in Oslo, Norway, May 22, 2024 (Erik Flaaris Johansen/NTB Scanpix via AP)
Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store announces his country will recognize a Palestinian state during a news conference in Oslo, Norway, May 22, 2024 (Erik Flaaris Johansen/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Norway will recognize a Palestinian state as of May 28, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store says at a press conference, despite warnings against the move from the Israeli government.

The Norwegian prime minister says: “There cannot be peace in the Middle East if there is no recognition.”

Norway, which is not a member of the European Union but mirror its moves, has been an ardent supporter of a two-state solution.

“The terror has been committed by Hamas and militant groups who are not supporters of a two-state solution and the state of Israel,” the Norwegian government leader says.

Other European countries are expected to make similar moves today.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is expected to announce the date for Madrid’s formal recognition of a Palestinian state and the Irish government has called a press conference to announce its decision, according to local media.

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