Reactions of Hungary and Jordan after the decision of Ireland, Spain and Norway to recognize the Palestinian state

Jordan has welcomed the decision by Ireland, Spain and Norway to recognize a Palestinian state, and Hungary says it has no intention of following in their footsteps.

Spain, Ireland and Norway said on Wednesday they would recognize a Palestinian state on May 28, a step toward a long-held Palestinian aspiration that comes amid international anger over the civilian death toll and humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip following Israel's offensive.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi praised the European countries' decision at a joint press conference with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó in Amman.

"We appreciate this decision and consider it an important and essential step to confirm that the path to peace is the two-state solution," Al Safadi said. There are other European countries on this path," he added.

According to the Hungarian head of diplomacy, Hungary does not plan to follow the steps of these countries. Sijarto with the attitude that "terrorism must be defeated, and at the same time the lives of civilian citizens must be protected."

The near-simultaneous decisions by two European Union countries and Norway could generate momentum for recognition of a Palestinian state by other EU countries and could prompt further steps at the United Nations, deepening Israel's isolation.

Currently, seven members of the 27-member European Union officially recognize the Palestinian state.

Five of them are former Eastern Bloc countries that announced recognition in 1988, as well as Cyprus, before joining the bloc.

Sweden announced the recognition in 2014.

The Czech Republic, an EU member, says the 1988 recognition by the former Czechoslovakia - does not apply to the modern state.

Slovakia has not yet said whether its part of that recognition still stands.

EU members Malta and Slovenia say they may follow suit.

About 140 countries represented in the UN have already recognized the Palestinian state.

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