It was the will of the Icelandic parliament, Foreign Minister Oessur Skarphedinsson said
A Palestinian woman waves her national flag during a demonstration in the mostly Arab Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah against Israeli settlements and occupation. Iceland has formally recognised the Palestinian state at a ceremony in Reykjavik, becoming one of the first Western European countries to do so. © Marco Longari - AFP/File
It was the will of the Icelandic parliament,  Foreign Minister Oessur Skarphedinsson said
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Last updated: December 15, 2011

Iceland formally recognises Palestinian state

Iceland formally recognised the Palestinian state at a ceremony in Reykjavik on Thursday, becoming one of the first Western European countries to do so.

"This is the day I formally submit to you the declaration of Palestine independence in accordance to the will of the Icelandic parliament," Icelandic Foreign Minister Oessur Skarphedinsson said, addressing his Palestinian counterpart Riad Malki at a news conference.

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