| 22 July 2024, Monday |

Norway adopts resolution to recognize independent Palestinian state

The government is urged by a resolution passed by the Norwegian parliament to prepare for the recognition of a Palestinian state that is “independent.”

The ruling coalition put up the plan on Thursday in opposition to a motion introduced by smaller parties that demanded the quick establishment of a Palestinian state.

Parliament approved the proposal with a resounding majority.

According to the paper, the assembly “asks the government to be ready to recognize Palestine as an independent state, without making a final peace accord a condition,” when such recognition could have a positive impact on the peace process.

A number of nations, including the Czech Republic, Poland, Iceland, Sweden, and Romania, have previously granted legal recognition to a Palestinian state.

In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who got voted back into power on Thursday, told parliament he would “work” towards recognition of Palestine by his country and by Europe.

Since October 7, thousands of people have taken to the streets across Europe in a public display of solidarity with Palestinians amid Israel’s airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Western camp, not least the United States, Britain, Germany, and France, has offered “steadfast support” to Israel.

  • Reuters