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Spain and Ireland could recognize the Palestinian state on May 21

Ireland could recognize the Palestinian state on May 21

Jeickson Sulbaran

May 9, 2024 | 12:24 p.m.

May 21 is emerging as a key date for the recognition of the state of Palestine

In the last weeks, Dialogue has intensified between Ireland and Spain, as well as between other EU countries, such as Slovenia and Malta, with the aim of aligning their positions towards the joint recognition of Palestinian sovereignty. This series of talks responds to a broader effort by these governments to foster a peaceful solution to the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on two-state coexistence.

The preparation for this diplomatic act is based on the joint statement issued on March 22 by former taoiseach Leo Varadkar together with his counterparts from Spain, Malta and Slovenia. In her, expressed their willingness to recognize Palestine "when I can make a positive contribution and the circumstances are right." The recent dialogue between the current taoiseach Simon Harris and the president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, has been described as a fruitful and exhaustive interaction, reaffirming the mutual desire to proceed with official recognition.

Un spokesman for the Tánaiste (Irish deputy prime minister) Micheál Martin has indicated that Ireland, in collaboration with several European partners, continues to deliberate on how best to implement this recognition in a way that fosters an environment conducive to peace. These discussions also seek to align recognition with the Arab Peace Plan, providing a comprehensive framework for conflict resolution.

Ireland could recognize the Palestinian state on May 21

At the international level, Ireland expected to support Palestine's membership in the United Nations during the next session of the General Assembly. Additionally, Ireland has announced its intention to intervene in the genocide case at the International Court of Justice, highlighting its commitment to global justice and human rights.

At regional level, The Tánaiste has expressed concern about the serious humanitarian situation in Gaza, especially for the thousands of children who have been orphaned and the adults who face the challenge of rebuilding their communities in the midst of trauma and destruction.

Currently, Eight EU member states recognize the State of Palestine, with Sweden being the most recent to do so in 2014.. The possible inclusion of Ireland in this group could significantly influence the political dynamics of the region and strengthen efforts to achieve lasting peace.

This approach to recognition not only reflects a considered and strategic foreign policy on the part of the countries involved, but also underlines the importance of international cooperation in resolving protracted conflicts. So, Next May 21 could mark a historic moment, not only for Palestine and Ireland, but for the entire international community, in its search for peace and stability in the Middle East.

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