European Union denies to recognize independent Palestinian state

A European Union official, denied that the bloc had decided to recognize an independent Palestinian state, saying that the conditions for such a decision have not been met. The European Commission’s Information and Communication Officer in Jerusalem, Shadi Othman, told Quds Press that the decision to recognize the State of Palestine is a “sovereign decision” taken by each of the bloc’s member states separately, and in accordance with their own policies. “There are no discussions of a new European position on recognizing a Palestinian state.” However, he added that there are “separate” consultations between the Palestinian Authority and a number of European countries to convince them to recognize the Palestinian state. “But,” Othman said, “the issue of recognizing the Palestinian state was not discussed at any EU joint meeting.”
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