Portugal PM says not ready to recognise a Palestinian state
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

Portugal’s Prime Minister, Luis Montenegro, reiterated his country’s position on recognizing a Palestinian state, emphasizing the importance of a coordinated approach within the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) before taking decisive action.

In a joint news conference held in Madrid after a meeting with his Spanish counterpart, Montenegro affirmed that Portugal was not yet prepared to recognize a Palestinian state independently. Instead, he emphasized the necessity of a multilateral framework involving the EU and the UN to formulate a common stance on the issue.

“We don’t go as far as other governments do concerning recognizing the state of Palestine,” stated Prime Minister Montenegro, highlighting Portugal’s cautious approach to the matter.

Montenegro’s remarks come amid efforts by Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, to garner support for the recognition of a Palestinian state. Despite Sanchez’s advocacy, Montenegro underscored the need for a unified approach within the EU and the UN, prioritizing consensus-building over unilateral action.

The Portuguese government, under Montenegro’s leadership since March, remains committed to engaging in diplomatic efforts to address the Palestinian statehood issue. By advocating for a multilateral approach, Portugal seeks to ensure that any recognition decision aligns with broader international consensus and serves the interests of regional stability and peace.

While Portugal refrains from unilateral recognition at this stage, the country remains engaged in ongoing discussions within the EU and the UN, aiming to contribute constructively to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As diplomatic efforts continue, Portugal reaffirms its commitment to promoting dialogue and cooperation in pursuit of a peaceful and sustainable resolution to the longstanding conflict in the Middle East.

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