Visiting German Minister Says German Upgrades Palestinian Diplomatic Representation In Berlin [View all]
By Associated Press,
RAMALLAH, West Bank ó Germany has upgraded the Palestinian diplomatic representation in Berlin from a delegation to a mission headed by an ambassador, visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle announced Wednesday.
The decision followed similar steps in recent months by France, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. It was seen as a boost to the Palestinian quest for international recognition.
Germany is one of the most influential countries in Europe and one of Israelís most loyal allies.
The Palestinians have been campaigning for U.N. membership for a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the territories Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.