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Armenia Recognizes the State of Palestine

The Armenian Foreign Affairs Ministry issued the following statement today declaring that the Republic of Armenia recognizes the state of Palestine. 

On May 22, Ireland, Spain and Norway announced they are recognizing a Palestinian state in a historic move that elicited condemnation from Israel.

According to the Palestinian Authority, which has limited powers in parts of the occupied West Bank, 142 of the 193 member countries of the United Nations already recognize a state of Palestine. They include many Middle Eastern, African and Asian countries, but not the United States, Canada, most of western Europe, Australia, Japan or South Korea.

"The catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza and the ongoing military conflict are one of the primary issues on the international political agenda that require resolution.

The Republic of Armenia categorically rejects the targeting of civilian infrastructures, violence against the civilian population and the hostage-taking and capture of civilians during the armed conflict and joins the demands of the international community for their release without preconditions.

The Republic of Armenia has joined the resolutions of the UN General Assembly, which call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Moreover, the Republic of Armenia is sincerely interested in the establishment of peace and stability in the Middle East, the establishment of lasting reconciliation between the Jewish and Palestinian peoples. At various international platforms, we have always advocated for a peaceful and comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian issue and support the "two-state" principle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict solution. We are convinced that this is the only way to ensure that Palestinians and Israelis can realize their legitimate aspirations.

Based on the above and reaffirming its commitment to international law and the principles of equality, sovereignty and peaceful coexistence of peoples, the Republic of Armenia recognizes the State of Palestine."

Update: Israel summoned Armenia’s Ambassador to Israel for a “harsh reprimand” in response to Armenia’s recognition  of a Palestinian state. 


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