MOSCOW, November 28 (Sputnik) — French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday on his Twitter account that France would recognize Palestine as an independent state.
"France will recognize Palestine. This recognition is not a favor, not an indulgence, it's a right," Fabius said.
In October, the United Kingdom held a vote that recognized the Palestinian state. Sweden followed Britain and recognized the state of Palestine on October 30. In November, Spain adopted a motion recognizing Palestinian Authority as a sovereign state.
Palestinians seek to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, as well as the Gaza Strip, territory currently controlled by Hamas militants.
Palestinians designated Jerusalem as their capital, calling on Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territories it occupied after the 1967 war.