France says conditions for recognising Palestine as state not met yet – foreign mister

By Thomson Reuters May 22, 2024 | 6:23 AM

(Reuters) – The conditions to officially recognise Palestine as a state have not yet been met, France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, after a group of other European states announced such a move in the hope that this will help bring peace to the region.

“This is not just a symbolic issue or a question of political positioning, but a diplomatic tool in the service of the solution of two States living side by side in peace and security”, Stephane Sejourne said in a statement, adding:

“France does not consider that the conditions have yet been met for this decision to have a real impact on this process”.

Norway will recognise an independent Palestinian state, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said on Wednesday while sources told Reuters Ireland and Spain would also announce the recognition.

(Reporting by John Irish, writing by Augustin Turpin, editing by Tassilo Hummel)