Greece set to recognise Palestine

PNN/ Jerusalem/

Greece is set to recognise the state of Palestine in a parliamentary vote to be attended by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, a government source said Sunday.

The vote will take place on Tuesday, where Greece will line with dozens of other countries that accord recognition to Palestine.

Abbas is expected in Athens on Sunday ahead of the vote and will meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Last week, the Greek parliament’s foreign affairs committee unanimously approved a motion to recognise Palestine.

Last month, met with both Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Palestine’s flag was hoisted for the first time at UN headquarters in New York on September 30 in a symbolic gesture.

Abbas then took to the podium to call for universal recognition of Palestine.