Belgium raises Palestinian delegation's status to 'mission'

November 10, 2013 08:19

Belgium raised the standing of the Palestinian Authority's diplomatic delegation in Brussels from "general delegation" to "mission" status, AFP reported on Saturday.

"The raising [of status] reflects Belgian and European support for the two-state solution," Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said in a statement after signing an agreement with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan, that would also allow the head of the Palestinian mission to use the title of ambassador.

The move has been in the works since November 2012, when Belgium was one of 138 countries in the UN General Assembly that voted to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state.

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