Israeli Foreign Ministry Summons Armenian Ambassador Over Palestine Recognition

The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that the Armenian ambassador had been summoned for a “severe reprimand” following Armenia’s decision to recognize the State of Palestine.

In a statement reviewed by Anadolu, the Israeli Foreign Ministry declared, “Following Armenia’s recognition of the State of Palestine, the Foreign Ministry summoned the Armenian ambassador in Israel for a severe reprimand.”

Earlier on Friday, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Yerevan’s official recognition of the State of Palestine.

Armenian public radio cited the Foreign Ministry’s statement, which emphasized that “the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza and the ongoing military conflict are fundamental issues on the international political agenda that require a solution.”

The statement added that Armenia categorically rejects the targeting of civilian infrastructure and violence against civilian populations, noting that it has adhered to United Nations General Assembly resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry asserted that “Based on the aforementioned points and reaffirming its allegiance to international law and the principles of equality, sovereignty, and the peaceful coexistence of peoples, the Republic of Armenia recognizes the State of Palestine.”

With Armenia’s recognition, the number of countries recognizing the State of Palestine now stands at 149 out of the 193 United Nations General Assembly members, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Recently, Spain, Norway, and Ireland have also officially recognized the State of Palestine, in response to the deadly Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip since October 2023 and the escalation of restrictive measures imposed by Israel against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.