REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AFP)—Iceland has formally recognized an independent Palestinian state, becoming the first northwestern European country to take the move.
Reykjavik recognized Palestine as “an independent and sovereign state within the pre-1967 Six Day War borders,” Iceland’s Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson said in a statement on Thursday, AFP reported.
“Palestine is now recognized for the first time by a country in western and northern Europe,” the statement added.
Together with the country, at least 112 states around the world have recognized Palestine. Around 150 countries also maintain diplomatic relations with Palestine in one form or another.
The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland in Eastern Europe and Malta in the south of the continent have already undertaken the recognition in Western Europe.
In September, acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas formally asked the United Nations to fully recognize Palestine as a member state.