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November 10, 2013 4:32 pm

Belgium Upgrades Palestinian Diplomatic Status

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JNS.org – Belgium is upgrading the status of the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic representation in Brussels from “general delegation” to “mission.”

“The raising [of status] reflects Belgian and European support for the two-state solution,” Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said Saturday during a visit to Jordan.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian mission in Brussels, will now be able to use the title of ambassador.

In November 2012, Belgium was one of the 138 nations that voted to recognize “Palestine” as a nonmember observer state at the U.N. General Assembly.

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