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Spain, Brazil discuss establishing peace in Middle East


Published: 14:24, 20 April 2024

Spain, Brazil discuss establishing peace in Middle East

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Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares Bueno and his Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira met to discuss efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

"Meeting in New York with my Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira to advance efforts for peace in the Middle East. We also discussed the Ibero-American Community. I informed him of our commitment to the two-state solution and recognition of Palestine," Albares wrote on X.

The Spanish government is holding a series of meetings with representatives of various countries to discuss the situation in the Middle East. The purpose of these meetings is to promote the idea of recognition of Palestine as an independent state. Thus, on March 22, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said at a press conference after a meeting of the European Council that the Spanish government agreed with the authorities of Ireland, Slovenia and Malta to take the first steps towards recognition of the Palestinian state. These states also issued a joint statement expressing their readiness to recognize the Palestinian state under suitable circumstances.

Palestine is currently recognized by nine EU member states. Eight countries - Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania and Slovakia - took this step in 1988, before joining the EU, and Sweden in 2014.