Ireland Promotes Palestinian Mission

 Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:33AM

The Ireland–Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Dublin.
The Republic of Ireland has become the first member of the European Union to upgrade the Palestinian diplomatic in mission in Dublin to an embassy, said the media reports.
The Irish government on Tuesday joined a growing list of European countries, including France and Spain that promoted the Palestinian diplomatic missions to embassies, paving the way for the recognition of an independent Palestinian state, Irish media reported.

The head of the Palestinian mission in Dublin will now become an ambassador and will submit his credentials to the Irish president, said the report.

The move has ignited concerns among Israeli regime’s authorities as Several Scandinavian countries as well as Britain, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Malta, Luxembourg, Austria and other states are in line to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

An Irish foreign affairs spokeswoman confirmed the promotion, saying that the Palestinian diplomatic representation would now be known as the Palestinian “mission,” instead of the previous Palestinian “delegation”.

Palestinian Delegate General, Kikmat Ajjuri’s title will also be amended to “ambassador, head of mission”, said the spokeswoman.

The move will certainly further strain relations between Ireland and Israeli regime — already strained following the recent fake passport scandal.

Last year, the government expelled an Israeli embassy authority over the use of a number of forged Irish passports by suspects involved the killing of a Hamas commander in Dubai.

At the time, Irish foreign affairs minister Micheal Martin said investigations by the UK and Australian authorities had concluded that there were “compelling reasons” to believe Israel was responsible for the counterfeiting of passports used by the hit team.

Meanwhile, Peru on Monday joined a growing number of Latin American states including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Guyana to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

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