OIC welcomes idea of recognition of independent Palestine



The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) welcomed a decision made by Argentina, and Brazil to recognize an independent Palestinian state within the borders defined in 1967.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ehsanoglu in a media statem ent on Tuesday, said this is an important development, in support of the national rights of the Palestinians.

He expressed hope that other countries will also join Brazil and Argentina and recognize a free and independent state of Palestine.

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said earlier, reading a letter sent by President Cristina Kirchner to Mahmoud Abbas, that the move reflected a general consensus among members of Mercosur, the South American trading bloc. Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and  Ur uguay are the members of Mercosur.

Elsewhere, Uruguayan deputy Foreign Minister Roberto Conde said "Uruguay will surely follow the same path as Argentina in 2011." "We are working toward opening a diplomatic representation in Palestine, most likely in Ramallah."