Trinidad and Tobago recognize ‘Palestine’ | Israel National News

Trinidad and Tobago have officially recognized the “State of Palestine,” becoming the third Caribbean nation to do so, after Barbados and Jamaica. i24NEWS reported.

The country’s Cabinet said the decision “underlines its unwavering support for the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people and its commitment to a two-state solution for achieving lasting peace in the region.”

“This move reflects the country’s long-standing advocacy for Palestinian rights and its belief in the need for a two-state solution as the most viable path to peace and security,” the report said.

The move was welcomed by Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who said the decision contributes to achieving the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination over their land.

In a statement quoted by the official PA news agency WafaAbbas affirmed that in recent years, Trinidad and Tobago had steadfastly supported the rights of the Palestinian people and voted for these rights in international forums.

The PA chairman urged countries around the world to “stand up for their responsibilities and recognize the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.”

Hamas also released a statement welcoming the move, the organization said Anadolu news agency. The terrorist group urged countries around the world to “support the right of the Palestinian people in their lands” and “take measures to force the occupation and its leaders to commit the genocide to which our people are subjected in the presence of to stop the world.”

The dad countries have long urged to recognize “Palestine” as a means to circumvent direct talks with Israel.

While several countries have recognized “Palestine”. in recent years these have been symbolic steps that have little or no actual diplomatic effect.

Spain and Ireland, together with Malta and Slovenia, announced in March that they would work together towards the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said this in mid-April Ireland is close to formal recognition a Palestinian state and would like to do this in consultation with Spain and other like-minded countries.

Harris’ comments came during a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who said it that his country will recognize the Palestinian state by July.

Portuguese Prime Minister Luis Montenegro has now said this his country is not yet ready to recognize a Palestinian state without a coordinated EU approach.

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