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There are no conditions yet for the official recognition of a Palestinian state, – French Foreign Ministry

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar May23,2024

There are no conditions yet for the official recognition of a Palestinian state, – French Foreign Ministry

Photo: Stefan Sejourn

There are no suitable conditions yet for official recognition of a Palestinian state; the decision on this should not be simply symbolic or political, French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne said on Wednesday, May 22, reports Agence France-Presse.

“France does not believe that all the conditions have already been met for (the decision taken by the above countries… the decision to have a real impact on this process,” Sejourne said at the end of negotiations in Paris with Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Kats.

Paris has previously said recognition of a Palestinian state must be part of broader efforts to make a two-state solution a reality.

Despite lobbying by several European countries and some Arab states to recognize a Palestinian state, France has said it will make little difference to the situation on the ground without genuine negotiations.

"This is not just a symbolic issue or issue political positioning, but a diplomatic tool to solve the problem of two states living side by side in peace and security,”– Sejourne said.

France is working on a draft UN Security Council resolution that it hopes to present in the summer. The country also wants to continue negotiations on a two-state solution in the Security Council, as well as underscore its clear condemnation of Hamas after the deadly attack on Israel on October 7 that sparked the Gaza war.

BAGNET recalls Ireland, Spain and Norway earlier in the day said they would recognize a Palestinian state on May 28, hoping to speed up efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza war.

Prepared by Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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