Chile recognizes Palestinian State

10:05, January 07, 2011      

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Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday ratified his support to the Palestinian State during a ceremony hosted in La Moneda Palace.

Senate President Jose Pizarro said that during the ceremony Pinera and leaders of the main political parties "recognize the State of Palestine."

Two days ago the Senate unanimously approved a resolution calling on Pinera to recognize as soon as possible the existence of Palestine as a full, free and sovereign state.

Last week, Pinera met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The Chilean government is making arrangements for Pinera to visit Israel and Palestine in March 2011.

According to the Chilean Senate's resolution, Chile's foreign policy favors the self determination of the Palestinian people in order to create a Palestinian State, and a dialogue between Israel and Palestine.

During recent weeks, Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador have recognized the existence of the Palestinian State.

Source: Xinhua

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