SAO PAULO — Brazil said Friday that it has recognized the state of Palestine based on 1967 borders .
The Brazilian Foreign Ministry said the recognition is in response to a request made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last month to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Silva sent a letter to Abbas on Dec. 1, saying Brazil recognizes Palestine and hopes that the recognition will help lead to states of Israel and Palestine "that will coexist peacefully and in security."
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