Spain to Recognize Palestinian Statehood by July, PM Says

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrives for a EU Summit in Brussels, March 21. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, during his Middle East tour, told journalists that Spain would acknowledge the statehood of Palestine by July.

Multiple reports in Spanish media, including from state news agency EFE and newspapers El Pais and La Vanguardia, stated that Sanchez made these informal comments to the press corps while in Amman, Jordan, on Monday, as part of his visits to Jordan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

Sanchez discussed the expected developments in the conflict leading up to the European Parliament elections in early June and emphasized the ongoing discussions at the United Nations. He expressed anticipation for Spain’s recognition of Palestine by July, noting his belief in the emergence of a “critical mass” within the European Union to encourage other member states to adopt a similar stance, as reported by EFE.

During a meeting in Spain in November, Arab states and the EU collectively affirmed that a two-state solution was the preferred approach to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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