Jamaica has taken the decision to recognise the State of Palestine.

A release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Tuesday said the decision was confirmed by portfolio minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, following deliberations of the Cabinet on Monday.

“Jamaica continues to advocate for a two-state solution as the only viable option to resolve the longstanding conflict, guarantee the security of Israel and uphold the dignity and rights of Palestinians,” Johnson Smith advised. “By recognising the State of Palestine, Jamaica strengthens its advocacy towards a peaceful solution.”

Commenting on the Jamaican Government’s decision, she said that it aligned with Jamaica’s strong commitment to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, which seeks to “engender mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among states, as well as the recognition of the right of peoples to self-determination”.

Johnson Smith provided further context for the decision by reiterating Jamaica’s concerns regarding the war in Gaza and the ever-deepening humanitarian crisis, together with the Government’s advocacy for a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through diplomatic dialogue rather than military actions.

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