MADRID: Spanish lawmakers overwhelmingly adopted a motion on Tuesday, calling on the government to recognise a Palestinian state, following similar moves in other European nations.
The motion submitted by the opposition Socialists asks the conservative government to recognise Palestine in coordination with any similar move by the European Union.
It was adopted nearly unanimously in the lower house of parliament, with 319 in favour, two against and one abstention.
The text asks the Spanish government to “recognise Palestine as a state, subject to international law,” while adding that the “only solution to the conflict is the co-existence of two states, Israel and Palestine,” reached through negotiation.
“It is not binding, it does not set a timeline for the recognition, it gives the government the margin to proceed with the recognition when it feels it will be opportune,” Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said in Brussels on Monday… see more