Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn is calling on European Union members states to recognize a Palestinian state in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement last month regarding the legality of Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria, European officials told Axios in a report published on Sunday.

Asselborn sent a letter last week to the new European Union foreign-policy chief, Josep Borrell, and other European foreign ministers calling for a way to be found to form a Palestinian state. He has been in his position for 15 years and has clout with other European foreign ministers, the report noted.

“The recognition of Palestine as a state would neither be a favour, nor a blank check, but a simple recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to their own state. In no way would it be directed against Israel. Indeed, if we want to contribute to solving the conflict between Israel and Palestine, we must never lose sight of Israel’s security conditions, as well as of justice and dignity for the Palestinian people,” wrote Asselborn in his letter, according to Axios.

Israel found out about the initiative and quickly dispatched diplomats to counter the move.

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