June 20
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Slovenia’s government on Thursday endorsed a motion to recognize a Palestinian state and asked the parliament to do the same, reports AP. Prime Minister Robert Golob said that his government sent the recognition proposal to parliament, which could convene as early as next week. Parliamentary approval is necessary for the move to take effect.

The decision by Slovenia’s government comes just two days after Spain, Norway and Ireland recognized a Palestinian state, a move that was condemned by Israel. With its move, Slovenia is set to become the tenth member of the 27-nation European Union to officially recognize a Palestinian state. Norway isn’t an EU member, but its foreign policy is usually aligned with the bloc. More than 140 countries—more than two-thirds of the United Nations—recognize a Palestinian state.

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