Saudi Arabia welcomes Palestinian state recognition by three European countries

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed on Wednesday the decision by Norway, Ireland and Spain to recognize a Palestinian state, the ministry said in a statement.

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The ministry described the move as “positive” and called on other countries to follow suit.

“The Kingdom appreciates this decision issued by these countries, which confirms the international consensus on the inherent right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” the ministry said in the statement.

The expected decision by Norway, Ireland and Spain was announced Wednesday morning with the formal recognition being made on May 28, infuriating Israel.

The development is a step toward a long-held Palestinian aspiration that came against the backdrop of international outrage over the civilian death toll and humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip following Israel’s offensive there.

Saudi Arabia called on other countries to follow in the footsteps of the three countries noting that could help reach a sustainable path for the Palestinian issue.

Some 140 countries have already recognized a Palestinian state — more than two-thirds of United Nations members — but none of the major Western powers has done so.

The foreign ministry called on permanent members of the United Nations Security Council that haven’t yet recognized a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital to do so in order to achieve comprehensive and just peace.

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