Greece to recognize a ‘Palestinian state’ soon

During a Saturday meeting between a Greek parliamentary delegation from the Syriza Party and political parties of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Ramallah, the Greek lawmakers confirmed that the government in Athens would “soon” recognize ‘the State of Palestine’, according to a PLC statement.

However, a precise timetable for the official recognition was not specified by the visiting Greek lawmakers.

The parliament in Greece voted last December in favor of a motion to recommend that the government recognize a Palestinian State.

The voting took place during a special parliamentary session attended by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

“Due to some special circumstances, the Greek recognition of the Palestinian state has been delayed, but it will come soon,” the PLC statement quoted the visiting delegates as saying.

If implemented, Greece would become the second European nation to officially recognize a ‘State of Palestine’, following Sweden’s 2014 official recognition.