19th April 2024
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Pedro Sánchez wants Spain to recognise Palestinian State ‘this year’

Spain’s socialist-led coalition government is determined for parliament to recognise Palestinian statehood by July this year, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said during a visit to Jordan on Tuesday, according to Spanish media reports. In Jordan, he also visited the Jabal el-Hussein Palestinian refugee camp (main image).

‘We have to think seriously about doing it this semester,’ Sánchez told a group of Spanish journalists accompanying him on a tour of three Middle East countries, the media reported.

Sánchez had said on 9 March that he would propose that parliament vote in favour of this recognition by the end of the current legislature, that is, by mid-2027.

Then on 22 March, Spain and three other nations – Ireland, Malta and Slovenia – issued a joint statement on the sidelines of a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels saying they were ‘ready to recognise Palestine’ once the conditions for the setting up of a state were met. ALSO READ: Spain and Ireland seek economic sanctions if Israel breaching obligations.

Top-selling daily Spanish newspaper El País said Madrid’s recognition of Palestinian statehood could happen during the campaign for the European Parliament elections, which in Spain will be held on 9 June, or ‘in the weeks that follow’.

The paper said Sánchez, who after Jordan will visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar, wants to ‘try to convince Arab countries that have not yet recognised Israel to do so’.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar do not recognise Israel.

Sánchez has repeatedly said the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the recognition of two states, Israel and Palestine. ALSO READ: Sánchez calls for international peace conference and to establish ‘viable Palestinian state’.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose governing coalition includes extreme right and ultra-Orthodox parties, has long ruled out Palestinian statehood.

ALSO READ: Spain to increase its funding for UNRWA as other donors suspend aid.

ALSO READ: Pedro Sánchez: ‘I have serious doubts Israel is complying with international law’.

ALSO READ: ‘A question of being humane’ – Sánchez stands by Gaza comments that angered Israel.

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