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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (356)

Patricia Ryan


356. Deputy Patricia Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs when the Government will honour its commitment in the Programme for Government to recognise the state of Palestine. [29065/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question no. 61 answered on 11 May 2021. 

I have been clear in my engagement with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority of the commitment of this Government to advancing a Two-State solution, in line with the agreed parameters for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Programme for Government states that the Government will “Honour our commitment to recognise the State of Palestine as part of a lasting settlement of the conflict, or in advance of that, when we believe doing so will progress efforts to reach a Two-State solution or protect the integrity of Palestinian territory”. 

As I have stated previously, in the absence of progress towards a Two-State solution, I would be prepared to recommend to the Government early recognition by Ireland of a State of Palestine, if and when it might be helpful, and this is a matter which I discuss with EU colleagues.