Publish date5 Jun 2023 - 13:25
Story Code : 595741

Mexico fully recognizes Palestine, welcomes embassy

Mexico has fully recognized Palestinian statehood status upgrading its special delegation to the level of full embassy.
Mexico fully recognizes Palestine, welcomes embassy
In a report on Sunday, the website cited a Thursday tweet from the Spanish-language account “Palestino Hoy” which indicated that the move to welcome Palestinian embassy in Mexico had come after the government and parliament in the country fully recognized the state of Palestine.
“This measure is undertaken in the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the two countries, which is evidenced in the continuous development of bilateral relations in the bilateral and multilateral sphere, since its (Palestine's) establishment in 1975," said the report.  
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates expresses its firm conviction that this measure will significantly contribute to the continued development and strengthening of relations between the United Mexican States and the State of Palestine, on the basis of mutual respect and recognition and for the benefit of the two peoples, as well as contributing to international security and development," it added. 
The Mexican Senate passed a resolution recognizing Palestine as an independent state last November, on the anniversary of the Palestinians’ own declaration of independence on November 15, 1985.
The Senate said it hoped the resolution would contribute to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Middle East.
The chairman of the Commission on Exterior Relations, Senator Héctor Vasconcelos, said at that time, “I express my desire to see a free, independent Palestine in full exercise of its rights, because the Palestinian-Israeli conflict affects how we conceive of the human rights of peoples, how we conceive of freedom and of being recognized as free persons and not subjects of other nations.”
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is center-left, has often been critical of the Israeli regime and has joined in calls at the United Nations for investigations of Israel’s bombing of Gaza in 2021. Many Mexicans sympathize with the colonized Palestinians since they feel the force of US hegemony themselves.
The state of Palestine has over 80 embassies around the world and 12 in Latin America, including in Brazil and Argentina, so Mexico is joining a consensus here, according to 
Western Europe, which mostly has Palestinian missions rather than embassies, is an outlier in global terms. However, Sweden has a Palestinian embassy and so do many former East Bloc countries, including both Russia and Ukraine.
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