Iceland formally recognized the Palestinian territories as an independent state at a ceremony in Reykjavik, AFP reported Thursday.
"It's significant because (Iceland) belongs to Europe and it's very
important that this might create a very positive atmosphere for others
to follow suit," PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki said in an interview with AFP.
The move comes just two weeks after
Iceland's parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine, becoming the first Western
European country to do so according Iceland's foreign minister.