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Malta To Work Towards Recognising Palestine As A State, Robert Abela Reveals

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Malta has agreed to take the first steps towards recognising a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Robert Abela revealed following a meeting of the European Council in Brussels.

“Together with Spain, Ireland, and Slovenia, we agreed to recognise the Palestinian State when conditions are appropriate, and circumstances can contribute to the successful peace process. We also agreed on the need for an immediate ceasefire, release of hostages, and an increase in humanitarian aid to Gaza,” Abela wrote to X.

The announcement followed Abela’s discussions with the other heads of state concerning the recent events in Gaza and the broader Middle East region. These discussions took place during their attendance at a European Council summit in Brussels.

According to Reuters, Spanish Head of State Sanchez anticipated that the recognition would occur within the ongoing four-year legislative term, which commenced last year.

“We are agreed that the only way to achieve lasting peace and stability in the region is through the implementation of a two-state solution, with Israeli and Palestinian States living side-by-side, in peace and security,” read a joint statement issued by Ireland after the meeting.

During the summit on Friday, Abela urged the Council of the EU to call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza while in Brussels for the quarterly meeting of the EU member state leaders.

“It is good that we provide humanitarian aid with European funds, but we must also press for a stop to the fighting,” the Maltese Prime Minister said.

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