Greek Parliament Recommends Recognition of Palestinian StateEU | December 22, 2015, Tuesday // 18:47| views
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) listens to visiting Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (L) during their meeting in Athens, on 21 December 2015. Photo EPA/BGNES
Greece’s Parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of recognizing Palestinian statehood, newswires reported.
Parliament speaker Nikos Voutsis said that all parties in the assembly supported the move. The resolution was adopted in a special session attended by the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas.
The non-binding resolution urges the Greek government to promote appropriate procedures for the recognition of a Palestinian state and every diplomatic effort for the resumption of discussions for peace in the region, Voutsis said.
Parliaments in Britain, Ireland and France have passed similar resolutions. Last year, the European Parliament also voted for a non-binding resolution to support "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution."
Abbas told Greek MPs that the vote would contribute to the creation of a Palestinian state.