Greek Parliament votes to recognize “State of Palestine”

During Abbas two-day visit, Greek Parliament votes to officially recognize “State of Palestine”; Abbas claims solution to “Palestinian issue” and recognition of Palestinian state will combat terror in region

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Abbas with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

The Greek Parliament officially recognized the “State of Palestine” Tuesday, a special session held for the vote during Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s visit to Greece.

The Greek Foreign Ministry stated ahead of the vote last week that voting on the recognition of the “State of Palestine” would go through the Greek Parliament and not the “Greek State” as to “not disturb good relations with Israel”.

Abbas, who met with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a two-day visit to Greece, claimed the that the recognition of “Palestine”, along with a resolution to the “Palestinian issue” will bring peace to the Middle East region.

Claiming that the Palestinian Authority is dedicated to fighting Islamic terrorism, Abbas stated that the Palestinian “people and our land need to be defended by the international community in order to have peace and democracy, like other people do. This is the last chance to have peace in the region and a resolution of the Palestinian issue. If the Palestinian issue is resolved, then the problem of terrorism that surrounds us all will also be resolved. We are in favor of combating terrorism; we are in favor of peaceful resolution and political settlement of all the problems we are seeing in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.”

Abbas announced earlier this week that the Palestinian Authority would begin issuing Palestinian passports in a year’s time. Palestinians in the West Bank and in Gaza will be issued passports for “The State of Palestine”.

 

Abbas continues diplomatic and political efforts through the United Nations and European Union states in recognition of a Palestinian state.

 

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Deputy Tzipi Hotovely responded to the vote, stating “The Palestinians and Mahmoud Abbas continue to choose the path to unilateral recognition with no practical significance. Instead of Abu Mazen [Abbas] halting inciting and financing terrorism, he is running down a crooked path which will lead him nowhere.”