Italy upgrades Palestine’s diplomatic status


ROME (Ma’an) — Italy has upgraded the top Palestinian diplomat in the country to the level of ambassador, official Palestinian Authority media said Thursday.

The head of the Palestinian delegation to Italy Sabri Attiyah, will be made ambassador as part of Italy’s efforts to raise the level of the Palestinian representative office in the country, Wafa said, citing the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Attiyah will soon submit his credentials to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, the report added.

France was the first European country to upgrade Palestine’s diplomatic representation, followed by Portugal, Norway, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Britain and Cyprus.

With peace talks shelved for more than a year, a number of countries — many in Latin America — have gone further to formally recognize a Palestinian state.

( / 02.12.2011)

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