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Norway recognizes Palestine as a state

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Foreign ministers Micheál Martin (right), José Manuel Albares and Espen Barth Eide (right) from Ireland, Spain and Norway respectively in Brussels on Monday. There they had held a joint press conference about the Gaza war and the situation in the Middle East. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 28.05.2024 13:43:00

War and conflicts: – For more than 30 years, Norway has been one of the strongest advocates for a Palestinian state. Today, when Norway officially recognizes Palestine as a state, is a milestone in the relationship between Norway and Palestine, says Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide in a statement.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs NTB that the recognition officially entered into force at midnight on Tuesday night. Both Norway, Ireland and Spain announced last week that the countries would recognize Palestine as an independent state.

In Spain, the decision was officially adopted at a government meeting on Tuesday. A little later, the Government of Ireland announced that their recognition has also come into effect.

The European countries’ decision has triggered very negative reactions from Israel, which has called home its ambassadors from Oslo, Dublin and Madrid.

Palestine is now recognized as a state by 145 of the UN’s 193 member states. Among these are many countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Most countries in the West have so far not recognized Palestine. Sweden was the first EU country to take this step, in 2014. Poland, the Czech Republic and several other Eastern European countries have also recognized Palestine as an independent state.

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