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Jamaica officially recognizes state of Palestine

Jamaica’s Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith

Jamaica says it has decided to officially recognize Palestine as a state amid prolonged concerns over Israel’s ongoing war in the Gaza Strip and the dire humanitarian crisis in the besieged territory.

Jamaica’s Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith confirmed the decision in a press statement on Wednesday, stressing that the move is aligned with her country’s “strong commitment” to the principles of the United Nations Charter, which seek to promote mutual respect, peaceful co-existence, and the right to self-determination.

“By recognizing the State of Palestine, Jamaica strengthens its advocacy towards a peaceful solution,” she said.

Smith went on to say that Jamaica continues to support the so-called two-state solution as the only viable option to resolve the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

She also noted that her government underscores its support for diplomatic dialogue rather than military actions as the key to resolving the conflict.

The Jamaican foreign minister further reaffirmed her country's support for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and increased access to humanitarian aid, as well as lasting peace in the region.

With this move, Jamaica now joins 140 other member states of the United Nations in advocating for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The latest development came after Barbados announced its decision to officially recognize Palestine as a state, becoming the 11th member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to adopt such a measure.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates welcomed the decision of Barbados on Friday to recognize the State of Palestine with East al-Quds as its capital, calling on all countries that have not yet recognized the State of Palestine to follow suit as soon as possible to confirm the international community’s determination to end the suffering of the Palestinian nation.

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