EU denies Palestinian state recognition

(MENAFN) Saying that the conditions for such a decision have not been met, a European Union official denied that the bloc had decided to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

The European Commission's Information and Communication Officer in Jerusalem, Shadi Othman, told Quds Press that the decision to recognize the State of Palestine is a "sovereign decision" taken by each of the bloc's member states separately, and in accordance with their own policies.

"There are no discussions of a new European position on recognizing a Palestinian state." However, he added that there are "separate" consultations between the Palestinian Authority and a number of European countries to convince them to recognize the Palestinian state.

He reaffirmed, according to Days of Palestine, that the European Union's position is "united" with regards to refusing the US recognition of Jerusalem Al-Quds as the capital of Israeli occupied regime, adding that "the bloc's countries will not transfer their embassies to Jerusalem".

Yesterday, the Palestinian Ambassador to the European Union, Abdel Rahim Al-Farra, revealed that there are consultations among a number of EU countries to recognize a Palestinian state collectively or individually.

Al-Farra said in remarks to the Voice of Palestine radio that the trend towards recognizing a Palestinian state has grew, especially on the light of Israel's ongoing violation of international law and international legitimacy.


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