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Ireland to recognize Palestinian state


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Ireland to recognize Palestinian state

SIMON HARRIS. Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Simon Harris stands on the day of his meeting with Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to discuss recognising the Palestinian state, in Dublin, Ireland, April 12, 2024.

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'Today, Ireland, Norway, and Spain are announcing that we recognize the state of Palestine,' Ireland Prime Minister Simon Harris says at a press conference

LONDON, United Kingdom – Ireland will recognize a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Simon Harris said on Wednesday, May 22, adding he expected other countries to follow in the coming weeks after talking to world leaders.

“Today, Ireland, Norway, and Spain are announcing that we recognize the state of Palestine,” Harris said at a press conference.

“In the lead up to today’s announcement, I’ve spoken with a number of other leaders and counterparts and I’m confident that further countries will join us in taking this important step in the coming weeks,” he added.

He said a two-state solution was the only credible path to peace and security for Israel, Palestine and their peoples.

The recognition of statehood has particular resonance in Ireland given its history, Harris said.

“Taking our place on the world stage and being recognized by others as having the right to be there was a matter of the highest importance for the founders of our state,” he said.

He added that Ireland was unequivocal in fully recognizing Israel and its right to exist “securely and in peace with its neighbors”, and he called for all hostages in Gaza to be immediately returned.

Ireland’s recognition of Palestine will be formally enacted on May 28, foreign minister Micheal Martin said on X. –

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