Broad Arab welcome to Armenia’s announcement of its recognition of the State of Palestine

Correspondents / Anatolia

On Friday, Arab countries and organizations welcomed Armenia’s announcement of its recognition of the State of Palestine, calling on the rest of the world to adopt the same step.

This came in official statements issued by the foreign ministries of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, in addition to the Arab Parliament and the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States.

In Cairo, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it “welcomes Armenia’s decision to officially recognize the State of Palestine, as a step in support of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to end the Israeli occupation and establish their independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

The ministry added that Egypt “appreciates the support of the friendly Republic of Armenia for the just Palestinian cause, and calls for the continuation of those efforts appreciated by all parties of the international community, in an effort to create a political horizon that allows for the revival of a real peace process that addresses the roots and causes of the Palestinian issue, and restores the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and on Chief among them is his right to establish his independent state.”

In Riyadh, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Kingdom “welcomes the decision of the Armenian government to recognize the State of Palestine, considering this decision “an important step that supports the path of establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

The Ministry renewed “the Kingdom’s call to the international community, especially the permanent members of the Security Council that have not recognized the State of Palestine, to move forward towards recognizing the Palestinian state in a way that supports the two-state solution and strengthens the foundations of international peace and security.”

In Doha, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it “welcomes Armenia’s recognition of the State of Palestine,” considering it “an important step to support the two-state solution (Palestinian and Israeli) and achieve peace and stability in the region.”

The Ministry expressed “the State of Qatar’s hope that more countries will recognize the State of Palestine and strengthen efforts aimed at implementing the two-state solution.”

She stressed that “achieving comprehensive and just peace in the region depends on the establishment of an independent and fully sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

In Kuwait, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs considered Armenia’s official recognition of the State of Palestine “a positive step that would contribute towards achieving what was stipulated in the relevant Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative regarding enabling the Palestinian people to self-determination and establish their independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

She stressed the position of the State of Kuwait calling for “the necessity of all countries taking similar decisions aimed at finding a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue.”

In Muscat, the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it welcomed the Republic of Armenia’s recognition of the sisterly State of Palestine.

She expressed her “appreciation for this positive decision,” calling on countries of the international community to “follow Armenia’s example in order to preserve the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state, and in a way that strengthens all efforts in support of the two-state solution and achieving lasting and sustainable peace in the region.”

In Beirut, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the decision of the State of Armenia to recognize the State of Palestine.

She said that she “highly appreciates this position of Armenia,” considering that it “reflects its commitment to international law and the principles of equality, sovereignty, and the right of peoples to self-determination.”

In Baghdad, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry praised the “important step” taken by Armenia, and stressed “the necessity of restoring the Palestinian right to establish its independent state with its capital, Al-Quds Al-Sharif.”

The Ministry renewed its call on the international community to bear legal responsibility and implement the relevant international legitimacy resolutions in a way that guarantees the right of the Palestinian people to…
Self-determination and the realization of his legitimate national aspirations.

In Amman, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry welcomed the Armenian declaration, considering it “an important step that reflects Armenia’s compliance with the rules of international law and relevant international legitimacy resolutions.”

It stressed “the Kingdom’s high appreciation for the decision taken by Armenia, and its support for the right of the Palestinian people to freedom and an independent, sovereign state along the lines of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and on the basis of the two-state solution (Palestinian and Israeli).”

It renewed its call to the international community to “take urgent steps to recognize the Palestinian state, and its call to the Security Council to assume its responsibilities and impose a resolution recognizing the independent Palestinian state in accordance with the rules of international law and the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy (..).”

In the same way, the Arab Parliament welcomed the Armenian decision, and considered it “a new victory for the Palestinian cause and diplomacy and the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state.”

The Parliament, which is the legislative body of the League of Arab States, affirmed that “this recognition is an important step in the right direction towards the recognition by many countries of the world of the State of Palestine, in support of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, foremost of which is the establishment of their independent state, with the city of Jerusalem as its capital.”

He pointed out that “increasing international recognition of the State of Palestine represents a practical response to the failed occupation plans to liquidate the Palestinian cause.”

The Arab Parliament called on all countries that have not yet recognized the State of Palestine to move forward with recognition as a step towards ending the historical injustice to which the Palestinian people have been exposed for decades.

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Budaiwi, also welcomed Armenia’s official recognition of the State of Palestine.

Al-Budaiwi praised this “step in support of Armenia for the right of the brotherly Palestinian people to obtain all their rights and live in peace, justice and independence, and to maintain stability, security and peace in the region,” calling at the same time “all countries to take similar steps to recognize the State of Palestine.”

He reaffirmed “the firm and firm position of the Council states in supporting the Palestinian cause, and reaching a solution based on ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.”

Earlier Friday, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement, “officially recognizing the State of Palestine.”

She explained that the decision confirms “Armenia’s commitment to international law and the principles of equality, sovereignty and peaceful coexistence among peoples.”

With Armenia’s recognition, the number of countries that recognize Palestine increases to 149 out of 193 countries in the United Nations General Assembly, according to the official Palestinian news agency, Wafa.

Recently, Spain, Norway, Ireland, and Slovenia announced their recognition of the State of Palestine, following the devastating Israeli war on the Gaza Strip since last October, and the escalation of Israeli restrictions on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.


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