These are the countries that recognise the state of Palestine

Published: November 4, 2015
The flag of Palestine flies beside the UN flag after being raised by Mahmoid Abbas on October 1, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

The flag of Palestine flies beside the UN flag after being raised by Mahmoid Abbas on October 1, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Palestinians raised their flag at the United Nations on Wednesday for the first time as president Mahmud Abbas called on the world body to grant them full membership.

Palestinians’ struggle for an independent homeland has not yet been realised but they have been able to get some recognition as the Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations for the first time last month.

The development came after UN General Assembly on September 10 voted to allow the flags of Palestine and the Vatican — both have observer status — to be raised at the world body alongside those of member states.

Palestinian flag flies at UN for first time

The resolution was backed by 119 countries, with 45 abstentions and eight votes against, including Australia, Israel and the United States.

Palestinians have been hopeful to get full recognition from UN and all its member states. So far around 70 per cent of UN members have recognised the Palestinian state. Interestingly, the recognition has largely come from developing states and eastern European countries as most of the states that do not recognise the state of Palestine are from Western Europe. Besides western European nations, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan are some of the prominent countries that are yet to recognise the Palestinian state.

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Recently, Palestinian chargé d’affaires in Canada Hamdi Abu Ali urged the newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to formally recognise Palestine as a country, Ottawa Citizen reported.

“We hope this new government will join the international community and recognise the state of Palestine,” said Ali, adding that “We are confident that Canada will start to see us as a people who want to join other nations in having their own independence and their own sovereignty.”

Here is a map which show countries that recognise the state of Palestine:

Map courtesy: The Independent

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Ali Rizvi
    Nov 4, 2015 - 7:21PM

    It is funny how you have highlighted Kashmir to avoid controversy. Recommend

  • curious2
    Nov 4, 2015 - 10:37PM

    Interesting to note that the “two state solution” has been promoted by the same countries that object to unilaterally declaring Palestine a State. They object for obvious reasons – what’s the point of declaring “statehood” when a significant portion of the territory in question is run by a terrorist organization intent on the destruction of Israel? Political correctness may argue that Palestine should be a State but common sense would indicate that Palestine lacks the fundamental/basics for Statehood. What’s the point of creating a Nation that has multiple govt’s with their own militias? What’s the point of creating a Failed Nation? Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Nov 5, 2015 - 3:56AM

    As long as Mahmood Abbas is there no hope for an independent state. Israel enters where ever he wants and shoot innocent boys who throw stones. Mahmood Abbas should learn gun for gun theory or resign and settle in USA or any EU country even Israel.Recommend

  • Sara knan
    Nov 5, 2015 - 7:32AM

    Israel is a failed state, which can not survive without American financial and military aid. It should be given to Palistinians.Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Nov 6, 2015 - 3:59AM

    What’s the point of creating a Failed Nation? Because it is okay for our own kind to do injustice to us, then be living safely in non-muslim country. I would like readers to do their own analysis in comparing lives of arabs living in Israel and Gaza. Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Nov 6, 2015 - 4:01AM

    @Sara knan:
    There is no such thing as Palestinians. They are Arabs!Recommend

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