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Ireland should recognize Palestinian state in the coming days

Ireland will recognize the Palestinian state by the end of this month or even earlier, on May 21, said the country's foreign minister, Michael Martin, this Wednesday (15).

Members of the European Union – including Ireland, Spain, Slovenia and Malta – plan to announce recognition next week, arguing that a two-state solution, granting sovereignty to Palestine and Israel, is essential for peace in the Middle East.

“We will recognize the Palestinian state before the end of this month,” said Michael Martin on Newstalk radio. “The specific date for the announcement is fluid because we are still in negotiations with some countries for joint recognition.”

The announcement comes amid the escalating number of deaths in Gaza due to Israel's offensive to combat Hamas.

Since 1988, 139 of the 193 member states of the United Nations have recognized Palestine as a sovereign state.

Martin says he consulted other foreign ministers to finalize the formal details of recognizing the Palestinian state.

“We will make the announcement in the context of the peace initiative in the Arab world, which seeks a two-state solution to the conflict and to send a signal to the Palestinian population as a whole that we support the right to self-determination,” concluded Martin.

Source: CNN Brasil

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