Greece moves to recognise the state of Palestine

Official says parliament is set to vote in a session that will be attended by the Palestinian president.

21 Dec 2015 11:02 GMT

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Greece is expected to join dozens of other countries that accord recognition to Palestine [AP]

Greece is set to recognise the state of Palestine in a parliamentary vote to be attended by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, a government source said.

A solemn ceremony will accompany the vote on Tuesday as Greece joins dozens of other countries that accord recognition to Palestine, the source told the AFP news agency.

Abbas arrived for a two-day visit in Athens and is meeting President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Associated Press reported.

Last week, the Greek parliament’s foreign affairs committee unanimously approved a motion to recognise Palestine.

Tsipras travelled to Israel last month when he met with both Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Palestine’s flag was hoisted for the first time at UN headquarters in New York on September 30, in a symbolic gesture.

Abbas then took to the podium to call for universal recognition of Palestine.

Source: Agencies

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/greece-moves-recognise-state-palestine-151221095440249.html

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