Lars Løkke Rasmussen – Photo: Kristoffer Jonsson/Udenrigsministeriet

The Foreign Minister refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent state

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Norway, Spain, and Ireland recognized Palestine as an independent nation on Wednesday, but the Danish government refuses to do so.

Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen told DR:

“That decision is reserved for a situation where the state exists. To be a state, you need to have a territory you control and authorities that can control it. And that is not exactly the situation right now.”

Next week, the Folketing will consider a proposal to recognize Palestine from the Red-Green Alliance, the Social Liberal Party, the Alternative, and the Socialist People’s Party, SF. However, it does not appear to have the government’s support.

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