US says recognition of Palestinian state 'premature'

Argentina and Brazil recognized a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war

US says recognition of Palestinian state 'premature'

Brazil and Argentina's recognition of a Palestinian state is premature, U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns said during a visit to Chile on Friday.

Argentina's government said on Monday it had decided to recognize a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war, following a similar move days earlier by neighboring Brazil. Uruguay also voiced recognition.

"We believe such recognition is premature," Burns told reporters in the Chilean capital, Santiago.

"It's only through negotiation between the parties themselves, Palestinians and Israelis, that we'll be able to realize the two-state solution."

Israel this week called the Latin American countries' recognition of a Palestinian state "highly damaging interference" by countries that were never part of the Middle East peace process.

Reuters

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