The Portuguese parliament adopted, on Friday, a recommendation calling on the government to recognize the Palestinian state, drawing votes from the majority and opposition.The motion, AFP reports, was filed jointly by the ruling center-right majority and the opposition Socialist party, proposing recognition ‘in coordination with the European Union, the state of Palestine as independent and sovereign’.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki stated, in response to the motion,that Palestinian diplomacy had achieved another victory and that Palestinian leadership was pushing for more of such achievements.

Al-Maliki expressed his gratitude to Portugal and the Portuguese people for the recognition, thanking all parties.

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