Armenia officially recognises the State of Palestine

Ministry expressed interest in establishing long-term peace, stability in Middle East

News Desk June 21, 2024

The Armenian government has officially recognized the State of Palestine, joining a growing list of countries making similar declarations amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The decision was announced by the Armenian Foreign Ministry, emphasizing Armenia's stance against "violence towards civilian populations."

The Armenian Foreign Ministry's statement declared, "Confirming its commitment to international law, equality of nations, sovereignty, and peaceful coexistence, the Republic of Armenia recognizes the State of Palestine." The ministry also expressed Armenia's genuine interest in establishing long-term peace and stability in the Middle East.

However, Armenia has criticized both sides of the conflict. It condemned Israel's military conduct in Gaza, particularly the use of civilian infrastructure as shields during armed conflicts. Additionally, Armenia deplored Hamas for holding civilians captive and urged for their immediate release, aligning with broader international demands.

The recognition was welcomed by Palestinian Authority official Hussein Al-Sheikh, who described it as a victory for justice and the Palestinian struggle for liberation and independence. He expressed gratitude to Armenia through social media writing"Thank you our friend Armenia."

Armenia's decision is particularly significant given its own history of conflict with neighboring Azerbaijan. Israel is a major arms supplier to Azerbaijan, which recently recaptured the Nagorno-Karabakh region from Armenian control.

Armenia's recognition of Palestine adds to the growing international support for Palestinian statehood. Other countries, including Norway, Spain, and Ireland, have also recently recognized Palestine, challenging the long-held stance of Western powers that Palestinian statehood should result from negotiations with Israel.


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