Portugal tells Spain it's not ready to recognise a Palestinian state

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Portugal tells Spain it's not ready to recognise a Palestinian state
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez (R) and Portugal's Prime Minister Luis Montenegro attend a meeting at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid on April 15, 2024. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP)

Portugal is not ready to recognise a Palestinian state without a concerted EU approach, its new premier said Monday in Madrid after meeting his Spanish counterpart who is seeking support for the cause.


Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who has visited several nations in recent days to try to drum up support for the move, repeated his plan to recognise Palestinian statehood in the coming months, either together with other nations or alone.

But Portuguese Prime Minister Luis Montenegro, who took office in March, said his government would wait for the European Union and the United Nations to work out a common position on the issue before advancing.


"We don't go as far as other governments do with regard to recognising the state of Palestine," he told a joint news conference in Madrid as he stood alongside Sánchez.

"We believe that this understanding should be built on a multilateral basis within the European Union and the United Nations."

Both leaders condemned Iran's missile attack on Israel over the weekend and called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

"The events of this weekend reaffirm what we have been advocating for months now," Sánchez said.

"Two paths open up before us. One leads to an escalation of war that could lead us to the abyss, and the other involves demanding a ceasefire from all parties to then immediately launch a peace process," he added.

On March 22nd, Spain issued a statement with Ireland, Malta and Slovenia on the sidelines of an EU leaders summit, saying they were "ready to recognise Palestine" in a move that would happen when "the circumstances are right".

During his visit to Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar earlier this month, Sánchez said Madrid could on its own officially recognise the state of Palestine by the end of June this year.


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