Argentina follows Brazil's suit, recognises Palestine as a sovereign state

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December 7, 2010 15:00

Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo - Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images

Who: Republic of Argentina.

What: Argentina has recognised Palestine as a free and independent state based on borders before the 1967 war. “Argentina has traditionally recognised the right of the Palestinian people to create an independent state just like the Israeli state, to live together in peace with their neighbours with secure and internationally recognised borders,” Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said in an announcement. Israel immediately called the decision by Buenos Aires ‘regrettable’.

Where: Foreign Minister Hector Timerman recognised Palestinian statehood in front of reporters in Buenos Aires.

When: The announcement came on Wednesday, 7 December.

Why: Argentinian government insists it supports the peace dialogue in the Middle East and the right of the states of Palestine and Israel exist side by side. Argentina’s government joins the ranks of more than 100 countries that have recognised the state of Palestine within the borders of land occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

How: Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sent a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recognising Palestine as a “free and independent state. The move comes days after Brazil accepted Palestine as a sovereign state, a move that angered the Zionist state. Uruguay also announced on Wednesday that it would recognise a Palestinian state next year.

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