Leaders of Germany and Portugal refuse to recognise Palestinian state, citing lack of clarity on territory and statehood

Leaders of Germany and Portugal refuse to recognise Palestinian state, citing lack of clarity on territory and statehood

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The announcement sparked outrage in Israel, which warned of “serious consequences” for relations with European countries.

For decades, formal recognition of a Palestinian state has been seen as the ultimate goal of the peace process between Palestinians and Israel.

The United States and most Western European countries have said they are willing to one day recognise a Palestinian state, but will not do so until complex issues such as final borders and the status of Jerusalem are agreed upon.

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