Greece has joined Sweden in referring to the Palestinian state as "Palestine".
09 Haziran 2015 Salı 17:12
World Bulletin / News Desk
Although not yet official, Greek officials have begun started referring to the State of Palestine as “Palestine.” The country’s prime minister used the term “State of Palestine” in a tweet Monday which was later deleted.
“Palestine is a country that is in our hearts, in our minds,” Kotzias said at the Foreign Ministry in Athens. “It has followed us since the years of our adolescence and youth as a dream of freedom, democracy and rights.”
Kotzias referred to his guest as “His Excellency, the foreign minister of Palestine,” while giving a press conference and also gave his promise to create a “Friends of Palestine” group in the European Union.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday used the term “State of Palestine” in a tweet referring to his meeting with al-Maliki. The tweet was deleted a few hours after it was posted and later replaced with a similar tweet that omitted the word "State" but referred to “Palestine.” Tsipras’s diplomatic adviser later called the Israeli embassy in Athens and apologized for the use of the term “State of Palestine.”