6 May, 2024 @ 17:07
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Spain and Ireland will ‘soon’ formally recognise Palestine as a sovereign state

Israel warns Spain and Ireland of ‘grave consequences’ after they agreed to recognise Palestine as a nation state  

SPAIN’S prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, spoke via telephone with his Irish counterpart Simon Harris on Monday, to discuss the conflict in the Middle East among other issues. 

During their conversation, the two politicians agreed on the importance of recognising a Palestinian state ‘soon’, albeit without establishing a date when their governments would do so. 

“This morning I spoke to the prime minister of Ireland, Simon Harris, about the willingness of both governments to recognise the Palestinian state and coordinate our efforts for this to happen,” wrote Sanchez, who is the leader of Spain’s Socialist Party, via X (formerly Twitter). 

“The two-state solution is the only formula to achieve a future of peace, security and stability in the region,” he added. 

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (Cordon Press image)

Meanwhile, Simon Harris wrote on X that the ‘formal recognition of Palestine is important as part of an acknowledgment that a two state solution is the way to bring about peace and stability in the region’.

“We are both eager to make progress on this very shortly and our Governments remain in close contact,” he wrote.

Also on Monday, Sanchez spoke by phone to the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. The Spanish PM conveyed his gratitude for Qatar’s role as a mediator between Israel and Hamas in its efforts to secure a ceasefire and the release of hostages still being held in Gaza since the October 7 attacks on Israel that sparked the ongoing hostilities.

He also reiterated Spain’s commitment to a two-state solution with the Qatari leader, and called for a joint ‘European-Arab’ framework to achieve this goal.

Sanchez has been one of the most outspoken critics of Israel’s actions in Gaza in the wake of the Hamas attacks, calling the number of Palestinian deaths ‘truly unbearable’ and expressing ‘genuine doubts’ about Israel’s compliance with humanitarian laws.

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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