Spain’s Prime Minister to announce recognition of Palestinian state, source says

By Thomson Reuters May 22, 2024 | 2:10 AM

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez plans to announce the recognition of an independent Palestinian state on Wednesday, a government source said, confirming a report from news website El Confidencial.

A spokesperson for Sanchez’s office declined to comment.

The development came as Norway said it would maker a similar announcement. European Union members Ireland, Slovenia and Malta have indicated in recent weeks that they plan to make the recognition, arguing a two-state solution is essential for lasting peace in the region.

Sanchez said in March his government would take the first steps towards recognition of a Palestinian state, adding later it would act in coordination with other countries.

(Reporting by Inti Landauro and Belen Carreno, editing by Aislinn Laing and Andrew Heavens)