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Spain’s Ruling Popular Party Rejects Recognition of Palestinian Statehood

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Spain’s ruling Popular Party rejected unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood and insisted that recognition could only come through peace talks with Israel.

“The recognition of a Palestinian state should be promoted in a coordinated manner within the EU, in the framework of a final settlement in the Middle East,” Alfonso Alonso, spokesman for the Popular Party, said in a statement, Spain’s Caracol Radio reported.

The statement came just hours before Spain’s parliament was to vote on a non-binding motion that would “recognize Palestine as a state.” The resolution was put forward by the opposition Socialist Workers’ Party last month.

The center-right Popular Party, led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, controls 184 seats in Spain’s Congress of Deputies, while the Socialist Workers’ Party controls 110.

The motion in Spain follows a growing debate in Europe over recognizing Palestinian statehood. Sweden recently became the first European Union member to officially recognize “Palestine.” The British Parliament as well as Ireland also approved such recognition in non-binding votes, and similar proposals have been put forth in France.

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