Norway is in the process of recognizing a Palestinian state

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Wald Eide has said that his country could announce recognition of a Palestinian state this spring.

In an interview with a local television station, the foreign minister answered a question about when Norway would recognize a Palestinian state, explaining that Norway was working together “with other countries” on the issue.

He added: “If people want to arrive at the principle of a two-state solution for two peoples, it is clear that this requires the existence of two states. One is called Palestine; The other is called Israel.”

The minister added that “it is not possible to achieve this principle without joint negotiations between the two countries.”

It is noteworthy that Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gaar Storge confirmed in a press conference with the Spanish Prime Minister that Oslo is prepared to formally recognize the Palestinian state at the same time as Madrid.

Prior to this, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press statement that Minister Bart Eide had announced his decision to freeze contributions to UNRWA, as the UN committee investigating UNRWA’s activities released its report on the freeze. He called on the countries issuing the report to resume funding.

He also stressed that Norway is committed to UNRWA and that the agency’s presence is critical to the efforts of other humanitarian organizations in Gaza.

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