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Iceland Recognizes Palestine

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki has been been holding talks with his Icelandic counterpart Ossur Skarphedinsson.
Iceland has formally recognized Palestine as an independent state, and is to establish diplomatic relations with it.

The recognition comes about two weeks after the Icelandic parliament voted in favor of the move.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, who was visiting for talks with his Icelandic counterpart, Ossur Skarphedinsson, welcomed the decision, saying it had "great meaning" and went further than previous declarations of solidarity with Palestine.

According to the decision, Iceland recognizes an independent and sovereign state of Palestine within the pre-1967 Six Day War borders.

According to a tally kept by the French AFP news agency, at least 112 countries have recognized Palestine.

compiled from agency reports