Tue 28 May 2024 3:24 pm - Jerusalem Time

Ireland officially recognizes Palestine and agrees to establish diplomatic relations with it

The Republic of Ireland announced, Tuesday evening, officially recognizing the State of Palestine, and urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “listen to the world and stop the humanitarian catastrophe we see in Gaza.”

This morning, Norway and Spain officially recognized the State of Palestine.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said in a statement, "We would have liked to recognize the state of Palestine at the conclusion of a peace process, but we took this step alongside Spain and Norway to keep the miracle of peace alive."

Dublin said in its declaration that it recognized Palestine “as an independent and sovereign state” and agreed to establish full diplomatic relations with it.

It added that an Irish ambassador would be appointed to a full-fledged embassy in Ramallah, the headquarters of the Palestinian National Authority.

Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin noted that the decision "represents our conviction that the political path is the only way forward."

He pointed out that the matter "will break the cycle of displacement, subjugation, dehumanization, terrorism and death that has afflicted the lives of Israelis and Palestinians for decades."

He added, "The prospects for achieving a lasting peace have never been in greater danger, and we must act immediately alongside our like-minded partners to protect the continuity of the two-state solution."

The three European countries announced this step simultaneously last week, with their leaders saying they hope other countries will join the initiative, stressing that it will enhance the prospects for peace.

With Spain, Norway and Ireland, the number of countries recognizing the State of Palestine rises to 147, out of 193 member states in the United Nations General Assembly.

The tripartite recognition comes from countries with political weight in the European Union in particular, and at the world level, at an important and decisive time, in light of what our people are exposed to from the continuing Israeli aggression, genocidal war, and massacres in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and in parallel with the movement. The diplomat led by Palestine and the countries of the world that believe in just peace and the necessity of ending the occupation, in the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.


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Ireland officially recognizes Palestine and agrees to establish diplomatic relations with it