20 Jan '12, 7am
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Thailand said on Thursday that it has recognised a Palestinian state, in a move hailed by Palestinian leaders eager to boost their international standing amid a stalemate with Israel. Thailand has 'officially recognised the state of Palestine and officially informed all permanent and observer missions to the United Nations in New York of this development,' a press officer for Thailand's mission said. In Ramallah, a Palestinian foreign ministry official told AFP that Thailand was recognising the state along the lines that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War. 'Thailand's recognition of a Palestinian state is the first of the New Year 2012 and is a new achievement for Palestinian diplomacy,' Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki told the official news agency WAFA.