PA, PLO welcome decisions by Norway, Spain and Ireland to recognize Palestinian state

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on March 31, 2024, in Ramallah. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on March 31, 2024, in Ramallah. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

The office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomes the announcements by Norway, Spain and Ireland of their recognition of a Palestinian state, which will take effect on May 28.

In three separate statements, the PA Presidency applauds the support given by the three countries over the past years to the rights of the Palestinian people, and their votes in favor of Palestinian “self-determination on their land” in international forums.

The PA Presidency further calls on other European countries to follow their example and recognize a Palestinian state “in order to achieve a two-state solution based on international resolutions and the 1967 borders.”

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) also released a statement welcoming the decision by Norway, Spain and Ireland.

Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary general of the PLO’s Executive Committee, writes on X that these are “historical moments in which the free world triumphs for truth and justice after long decades of Palestinian national struggle” and that “this is the path to stability, security and peace in the region.

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