Vatican signs first treaty with 'State of Palestine'

The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine", which implies the recognition of an official Palestinian state.

Vatican signs first treaty with 'State of Palestine'

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, calling for "courageous decisions" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution.

Israeli said it was disappointed last month when the two sides reached agreement on the treaty, which covers the Catholic Church's activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

The treaty concerned the Catholic Church's activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

The Israeli foreign ministry said it regretted the move, calling the signing of a treaty, which implies there is an official Palestinian state, "a hasty step that damages the prospects for advancing a peace agreement".

But Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican's foreign minister, said he hoped the agreement could be a "stimulus to bringing a definitive end to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which continues to cause suffering for both Parties".

He said he hoped that a peace process directly negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians could resume and lead to a two-state solution.

"This certainly requires courageous decisions, but it will also offer a major contribution to peace and stability in the region," he said..

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