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Iceland formally recognizes Palestinian state

Iceland's Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson addresses a news conference after an European Union-Iceland accession conference in Brussels December 12, 2011. (REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)

REYKJAVIK: Iceland formally recognised the Palestinian state at a ceremony in Reykjavik on Thursday, becoming one of the first Western European countries to do so.

"This is the day I formally submit to you the declaration of Palestine independence in accordance to the will of the Icelandic parliament," Icelandic Foreign Minister Oessur Skarphedinsson said, addressing his Palestinian counterpart Riad Malki at a news conference.

 

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