Corbyn: UK would recognise Palestine as a state under a Labour government

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The UK would swiftly “recognise Palestine as a state” under a Labour government, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

The party’s leader said he would take steps towards “a genuine two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “very early on” if Labour won a general election.

Mr Corbyn was speaking in Jordan during his first international trip outside Europe since he was elected Labour leader in 2015.

It included a visit to a decades-old camp for Palestinians uprooted during Arab-Israeli wars.

“I think there has to be a recognition of the rights of the Palestinian people to their own state which we as a Labour Party said we would recognise in government as a full state as part of the United Nations,” said Mr Corbyn.

Corbyn has also decried a US decision to cut more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, as he called for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

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