The Vatican officially recognized a Palestinian state on Friday by signing a treaty and said it hoped the step would promote peace with Israel.
Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher said he hoped the Holy See’s recognition “may in some way be a stimulus to bringing a definitive end to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
He signed the treaty with his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, and said it could be a model for other Middle Eastern countries.
Israel expressed its disappointment last month when the Vatican announced a final agreement on the treaty, regulating the Catholic Church in Palestinian territories.
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