Palestinian Presidency acclaims states’ recognition of the State of Palestine


The Palestinian Presidency on Wednesday applauded plans by Ireland and Spain to recognize the State of Palestine, saying such stances mirror keenness on supporting the Palestinian people and their uncompromised rights.

The Presidency said in a press release that Ireland has steadily supported the Palestinian people’s rights for years and voted in favor of these rights at international quarters. Its latest decision capped these stands and came in line with international law’s norms that recognize people’s right to be liberated from colonialism and oppression.

It called upon states that have not taken such a step to take the move and acknowledge the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and restore confidence in the world order, based on equal rights for all nations.

The Palestinian Presidency also lauded an identical decision by Spain saying its decision comes as a contribution by the states that advocate the two states’ solutions as an option that represents the international will and legitimacy
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It also urged states to follow Spain’s steps that has chosen the path for attaining peace and stability.

Ireland had declared its recognition of the State of Palestine and that a relevant decision would be effective as of May 28. Madrid had made an identical announcement.

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Khamenei receives Al-Sudani in Tehran


The Leader of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Mr. Ali Khamenei, received Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, who is visiting Tehran to offer condolences on the death of President Ebrahim Raisi and his companions.

Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani arrived this morning in Tehran, at the head of a high-level official delegation that included the President of the Federal Court and a number of ministers and governors, to offer condolences on the death of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and their companions.

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Al-Sudani heads to Tehran at the head of an official delegation to offer condolences on the death of the Iranian President


Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani headed to Tehran, at the head of a high-ranking official delegation that included the President of the Federal Court and a number of ministers and governors, to offer condolences on the death of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and their companions.

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Iranians pay tribute to deceased president in large funeral


Thousands of Iranians took part on Wednesday in a funeral procession for the deceased president Ebrahim Raisi and other officials who met their fate in a helicopter crash over the weekend.

The waves of people including women clad in black chadors and carrying portraits of Raisi thronged the streets and roads around Tehran University paying respect to the deceased. Prayers for the dead were held at the university premises.

The coffin of the deceased president would be transported to the city of Mashhad, while the foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who also died in the crash on Sunday, would be laid to rest in a cemetery in the Tehran region.

The president and the foreign minister lost their lives in a crash of a helicopter that transported them to the site of inaugurating a dam with neighboring Azerbaijan in the far north.

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The Irish Prime Minister announces his country’s recognition of the State of Palestine


Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris officially announced his country’s recognition of the State of Palestine.

Harris said in a press conference: ‘Ireland recognizes a Palestinian state and we are confident that more countries will join us in this step in the coming weeks.’

Harris stressed that recognition of the Palestinian state is the only solution for peace and an end to violence in the region.

Harris also called for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the introduction of more aid to resolve the humanitarian crisis.

Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, Malta and Norway, member states of the European Union, have indicated in recent weeks that they intend to recognize a Palestinian state, considering that the two-state solution is necessary for lasting peace in the region.

Currently, 140 of the 193 member states of the United Nations recognize Palestine as an independent state, and there are Embassies and permanent missions for Palestine in 95 countries around the world.

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After Norway and Ireland…the Spanish Prime Minister announces his country’s official recognition of the State of Palestine


Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Wednesday that his country officially recognizes the State of Palestine, as of the 28th of this month.

Sanchez told the Spanish representatives, “Next Tuesday, May 28, Spain will approve in the Council of Ministers the recognition of the Palestinian state.”

Sanchez accused his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, of “endangering the two-state solution in the Middle East” through his policy of “suffering and destruction” in the Gaza Strip, noting that “we are a peaceful people and this is what thousands of protesters show in the protests against the Gaza massacres.”

He stressed that “external threats have not diminished, but we will confront them through democratic mechanisms.

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Arab Parliament praises Norway, Ireland, Spain’s decision to recognize Palestine


The Arab Parliament praised on Wednesday Norway, Ireland and Spain’s decision for formally recognizing Palestine as an official independent state.

In a press release, the Arab parliament affirmed that this recognition is a new victory in regards of the ongoing Palestinian situation, adding that this decision can encourage other countries to take this step in recognizing Palestine as an independent state.

The Arab Parliament reaffirmed their call on the international community to stand with Palestine in achieving peace and stability, noting that Palestine has been recognized by more than 130 out of 193 member states of the United Nations.

Spain, Norway and Ireland have announced plans to formally recognize a Palestinian state, in a move that is likely to bolster the global Palestinian cause but strain relations with Israel.

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Russian Foreign Ministry: France’s participation in the conflict in Ukraine will increase the risk of a clash between two nuclear powers


Director of the European Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, Artyom Studnikov, said on Wednesday that France’s participation in the conflict in Ukraine will make it a party to the conflict, which will significantly increase the risk of a clash on the battlefield between two nuclear powers.

Studnikov said in an interview with Sputnik: ‘The participation of French military personnel in the Ukrainian conflict will officially make France, by law, a party to it, and this will inevitably significantly increase the risk of a clash between two nuclear powers on the battlefield, which is fraught with unpredictable consequences.’

He pointed out that “the French army will be a legitimate target for our armed forces.”

He added: “Are the French ready to die for the interests of the neo-Nazi Ukrainian and Anglo-Saxon regime that oversees it? What will the French authorities explain to the families of the victims? It seems to me that the official Paris has a lot to think about here.”

He continued: “I would like
to hope that in the French ruling elite, if not reason (it is difficult to rely on that), then at least the instinct of self-preservation, one way or another, we are prepared for any development of events.”

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the European Union agreed to create the ‘Ninth Deep Strike Alliance’ to supply Ukraine with medium- and long-range missiles.

He also said that France would do everything in its power to prevent Russia “from winning this war.” According to him, the leaders of Western countries have discussed the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine, and a consensus has not yet been reached, ‘but nothing can be ruled out.’

During his meeting with opposition leaders in early March, Macron stressed that France had ‘no borders and no red lines’ on the issue of aid to Ukraine. Later, Macron said he did not rule out the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine if Russia penetrates the front lines and there is a request from Ukraine. According to him, “many countries” agre
ed with the French approach regarding the possible dispatch of troops.

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Germany waits for two-state solution to recognize Palestinian state


Germany on Wednesday refused to follow in the footsteps of a trio of European nations in recognizing an independent Palestinian state, saying it would only do so once a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict is reached.

Berlin remains firm in its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit, underlining that Germany’s recognition of an independent Palestinian state is largely contingent upon a two-state solution.

While the two-state solution may appear to be “far-fetched,” it remains the only viable way out of the Middle East conflict, added the spokesman.

Ireland, Spain and Norway on Wednesday publicly declared that they would recognize an independent Palestinian state on May 28, urging other European countries to follow suit.

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Jordan, Oman leaders underline Gaza ceasefire


King Abdullah II of Jordan and Sultan Haitham bin Tareq of Oman on Wednesday stressed the need to reach an immediate and permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, protect civilians, and scale up efforts to deliver adequate humanitarian aid to Gazans.

This came during talks held between both leaders during the Omani Sultan’s two-day official visit to Joran, said the Royal Court in a press release.

The King of Jordan restated the significance of urgent international action to put an immediate end to the humanitarian crisis in the enclave, cautioning against the risks of a looming Israeli occupation military operation in Rafah, not to mention regional spillover ramifications, it added.

He, further, called for creating political horizons to settle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, and to support the Palestinian people’s full and legitimate rights, including an independent state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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Blinken _We are not sad about the death of Raisi, and the Iranian people are in a better situation


US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken considered that “the Iranian people are in a better situation after the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.”

‘We are certainly not sad about his death,’ Blinken said at a hearing of the Congressional Foreign Affairs Committee, in response to Senator Ted Cruz’s question about the official condolences that the US State Department sent to Tehran.

At the same time, Cruz noted that “it is shameful that flags are flown at half-mast at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva to mourn the death of the Iranian President.”

Cruz also asked if he thought “the world is better” after Raisi’s death, to which Blinken responded: “Given the terrible things he got involved in as a judge and as a president, I would say yes, it’s possible that the Iranian people are better off.”

For his part, Senator John Barrasso criticized the State Department for its condolences, describing such a decision as a “huge mistake.” Blinken replied: “We expressed our official condolences, and we do t
hat when countries lose their leaders, whether they are enemies or not.”

The US State Department expressed its condolences for the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, his Foreign Minister, and the accompanying delegation, stressing at the same time its support for the Iranians’ struggle for human rights and freedoms.

The US State Department said in a statement, ‘The United States expresses its condolences for the death of the Iranian President, Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian, and other members of their delegation in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran.’

The Iranian presidency announced on Monday morning that Raisi, Abdullahian, and other officials were killed after their helicopter crashed during their return from the ‘Khoda Afrin’ area on the common border with Azerbaijan towards the city of Tabriz.

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