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Australia hints at potential recognition of Palestinian statehood

Australia hints at potential recognition of Palestinian statehood
By Yagiz Efe Parmaksiz
Apr 9, 2024 6:56 PM

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Penny Wong, expresses her desire to recognize Palestinian independence, a move that could potentially change the country’s stance on Hamas-Israel conflict

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Penny Wong, signaled a significant shift in the country’s position on the Hamas-Israel conflict when she alluded to Australia’s desire to recognize Palestinian independence Tuesday.

She announced while giving a speech at the National Security College conference with the topic “Securing our Future” at the Australian National University.

Wong underlined how important a two-state solution is to guaranteeing Israelis and Palestinians a safe and prosperous future. She emphasized that this strategy is essential to ending the years-long cycle of violence in the area.

 “A secure and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians will only come with a two-state solution,” Wong said in her address according to the media.

She emphasized how critical it is that all sides have a positive conversation and support initiatives that move the political process forward.

Wong said that the world community is increasingly looking at Palestinian statehood as a way to bring about peace and addressed worries that this recognition would be seen as a way to appease an enemy.

She emphasized the importance of Israel’s security in the framework of a two-state solution, stating that the country’s long-term stability depends on its neighbors’ recognition.

Wong also underlined that Hamas must be excluded from any future Palestinian state because of its incapacity to promote long-term regional peace.

Australia has indicated that it may accept Palestinian statehood, which is a substantial shift from its prior stance, and suggests that the nation may need to reevaluate its strategy on the protracted Middle East conflict.

Source: AFP

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