Norway’s parliament has adopted a resolution calling on the government to be ready to recognise an “independent” Palestinian state, AFP reports.

The proposition is made by Norway’s ruling coalition to counter a resolution by smaller parties calling for an immediate recognition of a Palestinian state.

Passed with an overwhelming majority in parliament, it said the assembly “asks the government to be ready to recognise Palestine as an independent state when recognition could have a positive impact on the peace process, without making a final peace accord a condition.”

The wording means that no recognition is likely in the immediate future but is a sign of the concern over Israel’s military campaign in Gaza in national assemblies across Europe.

Iceland, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania are among the countries to have already given legal recognition to a Palestinian state.

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