Ireland to formally recognise state of Palestine

Taoiseach Simon Harris has announced joining other EU countries in the move

Ireland is to formally recognise the state of Palestine, Taoiseach Simon Harris has announced.

The Irish premier said the country is joining Norway and Spain in making the historic move.

Shortly before Mr Harris made the announcement outside Government Buildings in Dublin, Israel recalled its ambassador in Ireland, accusing the country of undermining its sovereignty and endangering its security.

“Today Ireland, Norway and Spain are announcing that we recognise the state of Palestine,” said Mr Harris.

“Each of us will now undertake whatever national steps are necessary to give effect to that decision.”

The Taoiseach said he was confident other countries would now follow the move taken by Ireland, Spain and Norway in the coming weeks.

“This is an historic and important day for Ireland and for Palestine,” he added.

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