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PORTUGUESE PARLIAMENT CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO RECOGNISE PALESTINE

LISBON, Portugal, Dec 13 – The Portuguese parliament adopted a recommendation calling on the government to recognise the Palestinian state, drawing votes from the majority and opposition.

The motion, filed jointly by the ruling centre-right majority and the opposition Socialist party, proposes “recognising, in coordination with the European Union, the state of Palestine as independent and sovereign.”

Palestine’s Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, said in a statement, in response to the motion saying, Palestinian diplomacy had achieved another victory.

He said, the Palestinian leadership was pushing for more of such achievements.

Al-Maliki expressed his gratitude to Portugal and the Portuguese people for the recognition, thanking all parties.

The statement said, the recognition was “a great achievement” led by the guidance of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The vote came after France’s upper and lower houses urged their government to recognise Palestine, as European countries sought alternative ways to restart the stalled Middle East process.

SOURCE: MA’AN

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