Ireland to recognise Palestinian state by end of May

Ireland will recognise a Palestinian state before the end of this month if not on May 21 as first thought, Irish Foreign Minster Micheal Martin said on Wednesday.

EU members including Ireland, Spain, Slovenia and Malta had planned to make the recognition next week, arguing that a two-state solution is essential for lasting peace in the region.

“We will be recognising the state of Palestine before the end of the month,” Mr Martin told Newstalk radio. “The specific date is still fluid because we’re still in discussions with some countries in respect of a joint recognition.”

– Reuters