Greek Parliament to Recognize State of Palestine

Mahmoud-Abbas1In a historical decision, the Greek Parliament is to recognize the State of Palestine on December 22.

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has already signed the decision according to which “Palestine” will be the official name of the State of Palestine. In collaboration with House Speaker Nikos Voutsis, a resolution draft is prepared.

The recognition of the State of Palestine state will be held by the Greek Parliament and not by the Greek State, in order “not to disturb good relations with Israel,” according to the foreign ministry.

The recognition of the State of Palestine is “part of the multidimensional foreign policy” the Greek government has decided to follow.

On December 21, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be in Athens for a two-day official visit. Abbas will meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, opposition party leaders and Archbishop of Athens and All of Greece Ieronymos. Abbas will also visit the Greek Parliament.