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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ireland to Recognize Palestinian Statehood by End of May: Foreign Minister

Ireland to Recognize Palestinian Statehood by End of May: Foreign Minister

Ireland's Foreign Minister Micheal Martin announced on Wednesday that Ireland will recognize Palestinian statehood before the end of May. This decision comes after Ireland, along with Spain, Slovenia, and Malta, expressed their readiness to recognize Palestinian statehood in a joint statement in March.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has given new impetus to this issue.

The EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, revealed that Spain, Ireland, and Slovenia plan to symbolically recognize a Palestinian state on May 21, with other countries possibly following suit.

Ireland and Spain are planning to recognize a Palestinian state before the end of this month, but the exact date is still undecided as discussions are ongoing with other countries.

Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin made this known on Wednesday, adding that he would be consulting with foreign ministers for the final details.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited Dublin last month, and both leaders agreed to coordinate the move to lend weight to the decision and send a strong message.

Jordan's King Abdullah II was informed of Ireland's plan via a telephone call from the Irish prime minister's office.

The text summarizes a meeting between the King of Spain and the Prime Minister of Ireland, during which they discussed ongoing efforts towards Palestinian recognition and keeping in touch with like-minded countries, such as Jordan.

The discussion came in the context of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, which began with Hamas's attack on Israel in October 2020, resulting in over 1,170 civilian deaths and the seizure of about 250 hostages.

Israel's retaliatory offensive has resulted in over 35,000 deaths in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-run territory's health ministry.

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