France upgrades diplomatic status of Palestinian delegation

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France announced on Monday its decision to upgrade the diplomatic status of the Palestinian delegation in Paris from "delegation general" to "mission."

"We consider it appropriate ... to take a further step in enhancing the status of the Delegation General of Palestine in France," Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a statement.

The decision "applicable without delay" would accordingly change the name of the Palestinian delegation to "Mission of Palestine," and the title of the delegation head to "Ambassador, head of Palestinian Mission."

The Ambassador will have to present a credential letter endorsed by the Palestinian authority to the French president on his inauguration.

The move was intended to "guarantee its (the Palestinian Authority's) credibility," the statement said.

France reckoned this promotion an effort to push for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, claimed by its Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, by the first quarter of 2012, living peacefully and in security alongside Israel, the statement said.

"France supports ... establishment of institutes of the future Palestinian state, in line with the spirit of the Paris Conference, " the statement added.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has openly voiced his support for an independent Palestinian state neighboring Israel and meanwhile made efforts to repair ties with Israel.

Three days ago, the United States also decided to upgrade the diplomatic recognition of the Palestinian Authority to "delegation general," which sparked some disappointment from Israeli diplomatic officials.

Source: Xinhua


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