Armenia joins Spain, Ireland and Norway in recognizing Palestinian state

  • Armenia has officially recognized a Palestinian state, announced by its Foreign Ministry despite opposition from Israel.
  • Armenia supports a UN resolution for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas and advocates for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian war.
  • The Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the Armenian ambassador “for a serious reprimand” in response to this recognition.

Armenia has officially recognized a Palestinian state, the Armenian Foreign Ministry announced Friday, the latest country to do so despite opposition from Israel.

Armenia supports a United Nations resolution on an immediate ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and favors a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a ministry statement said.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the Armenian ambassador “for a serious reprimand” following Armenia’s recognition of a Palestinian state, a ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

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The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited autonomy in the West Bank under Israeli military occupation, welcomed Armenia’s decision.

A bridge decorated with flags of Armenia and the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh is seen in Yerevan October 7, 2020. Armenia has officially recognized a Palestinian state, the Armenian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday. (AFP via Getty Images)

“This recognition contributes positively to preserving the two-state solution, which faces systematic challenges, and promotes security, peace and stability for all parties concerned,” the Authority’s presidency said in a statement.

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Spain, Ireland and Norway are among Western countries that have formally recognized a Palestinian state, prompting Israel to withdraw its ambassadors from Madrid, Dublin and Oslo last month.

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