In a bid to comply with International sovereignty, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says his national authority will issue State of Palestine passports.
Abbas says this will happen in about a year at most, replacing the name Palestinian Authority, with State of Palestine.
The Greek parliament voted in a resolution recognising the state of Palestine making it the latest European legislative body to do so.
“In terms of production of a passport in the name of the State of Palestine, we are about to proceed with the replacement of the existing document and to replace it with a new passport within a year. Maybe less. We have to change all the headers of documents issued by ministries and public services. They are now printed on behalf of the State of Palestine. Now we no longer accept that anyone who uses the term Palestinian Authority. “
Greece, which enjoys close relations with Israel, has steadily supported the creation of a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders and with the capital in East Jerusalem.
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ leftist-led government is trying to balance improved relations with Israel with his party’s longstanding support for a Palestinian state.
Tsipra visited Israel last month and met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank.