Greece to recognize state of Palestine

Greek Parliament unanimously votes for recognition of Palestinian state

Photo by: Reuters
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Athens, Greece, December 21, 2015

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Athens on Monday as he officially gave the green light for the recognition of the Palestinian state.

Greece will now refer to the district as "Palestine" rather than "Palestinian Authority."

The Palestinian President Abbas expressed his appreciation as he was also welcomed by the president of the Greek parliament Nikos Voutsis.

Abbas stated that Palestinian people feel like home, in the home of Greek democracy and thanked the Greek government while noting that more steps will come to strengthen the relations between the two.

Alexis Tsipras said that the Palestinian recognition will contribute to bringing peace to Middle East.

"Unfortunately, we live at a time when our region is surrounded by negative developments, great instability, wars, interventions, and growth of terrorist organizations and terrorist attacks," said Tsipras at Maximos Mansion, the official residence of the prime minister of Greece.

The two state solution "guarantees the establishment of a viable, territorially unified, independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital and which will coexist in peace and security with Israel," he added.

“We empower our traditional bonds with Palestine. We actively contribute to the Palestinian issue resolution,” Tsipras wrote on his Twitter account.

Tsipras had met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel last month as well as with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank.

TRTWorld and agencies