MOSCOW, October 6 (RIA Novosti) - French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal has indicated that Paris may "at some point" recognize the Palestinian state, local media reported Monday.
Nadal said there was an "urgent" necessity to move ahead with the two-state solution, which requires mutual recognition and the will of both Israel and the people of Palestine to co-exist peacefully.
"This is the solution that the international community supports. This will mean that we will have to, at some point, recognize the Palestinian state," the spokesman said as cited by several French media.
This statement comes on the heels of the announcement by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven that his nation may become the first EU member country to recognize the state of Palestine.
Palestinians seek the creation of an independent state on the territories of the West Bank in East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, as well as on the Gaza Strip territory controlled by Hamas militants. Palestine has designated Jerusalem as its capital and calls on Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories it took after the 1967 war.
In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly upgraded Palestine from an "observer entity" to a "non-member observer state" and affirmed the Palestinian people's right to self-determination.
By September 2013, the Palestinian State was recognized by 134 UN member states, including Russia.