Barbados officially recognizes state of Palestine


Published: 2024-04-20 11:15

Last Updated: 2024-06-15 17:47

Photo: Sheena Forde-Craigg
Photo: Sheena Forde-Craigg

The Republic of Barbados has officially recognized Palestine as a state, becoming the 140th United Nations member and the 11th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to do so.

Barbados’ Minister of Foreign affairs and Foreign Trade Kerries Symmonds, in a statement today, said that his country “made the determination that the time is ripe for us to have a formal diplomatic recognition of the State of Palestine” - adding that they have always pushed for a two-state solution to the conflict.

“How can we say we want a two-state solution if we do not recognise Palestine as a state? Despite having said to the world that we would like to see a two-state solution, Barbados itself has never recognised the State of Palestine. And therefore, there is an incongruity and inconsistency,” Symmonds added.

Barbados will maintain its relationship with “Israel.” Symmonds said that the decision to formally recognize Palestine as a state will not affect its bilateral relationship with “Israel.”

Also Read: US vetoes Security Council resolution on full Palestinian UN membership

This came after the United States has exercised its veto right in the United Nations Security council to block a resolution demanding a full membership status for Palestine.

The draft resolution was introduced by Algeria and recommends to the General Assembly that "the State of Palestine be admitted to membership of the United Nations."

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