Last Updated: Thu Dec 15, 2011 20:28 pm (KSA) 17:28 pm (GMT)

More than 100 countries recognize Palestine as a state

Masked Palestinian boys take part in a rally organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to celebrate the 44th anniversary of its foundation, in northern Gaza Strip. (Reuters)
Masked Palestinian boys take part in a rally organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to celebrate the 44th anniversary of its foundation, in northern Gaza Strip. (Reuters)

At least 112 countries around the world have formally recognized Palestine as a state, stretching from Africa to Asia, Europe to Latin America.

In Latin America, Uruguay and Peru joined the growing ranks of countries which recognized Palestine this year, with 12 out of the region’s 13 countries formally recognizing it as a state.

Only Colombia, a key ally of the United States in the region, has not followed that path.

In Central America, the Palestinian state has been recognized by Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.

Arab countries have also recognized Palestine, including Syria in July of this year.

In Europe, Iceland has become the latest country to recognize Palestine, joining the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta and Poland.

Around 150 countries maintain diplomatic relations with the Palestinians in one form or another.

Palestine currently has “observer” status at the United Nations, but in September, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas formally asked the United Nations for full state membership.

In October, Palestine was granted full membership at the U.N. cultural organization, UNESCO, in a diplomatic victory won despite stiff resistance from the United States and Israel.

Earlier this week, Abbas urged the European Union to support their U.N. membership bid after the Palestinian flag was raised over the UNESCO’s headquarters for the first time.

Figures published by the Palestine Liberation Organization indicate that 130 countries have recognized Palestine.

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