Speaking after the vote in Westminster, the newly elected chair of the European Parliament’s delegation to Palestine said;
“This latest recognition of the state of Palestine is to be welcomed.
“The international community has an important role to play, both in terms of supporting the Palestinian people, and in helping to find a long-term peaceful solution to the problems in the region.
“The number of countries recognising the right of the Palestinian people to statehood adds to the growing demands on Israel to recognise the democratically elected unity government in Palestine.
“As chair of the European Parliament’s delegation to Palestine I will continue to support the people of Palestine.
“I would call on other governments, particularly the Irish government to follow this example and recognise Palestine.” ENDS/CRÍOCH