Greece officially starts using term ‘Palestine’

Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters following victory in the election in Athens, Greece, on January 25, 2015. (AFP/Aris Messinis)

Although they haven’t affirmed full, official recognition of a Palestinian state, Greek officials recently started referring to “Palestine.” The country’s prime minister actually used the term “State of Palestine” in a tweet Monday that was later deleted.

“At the Greek Foreign Ministry, we decided to issue instructions throughout the Greek public administration for the uniform use of the term ‘Palestine’ when we refer to our friendly country,” Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Monday during a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki.

“Palestine is a country that is in our hearts, in our minds,” Kotzias said at the Foreign Ministry in Athens. “It has followed us since the years of our adolescence and youth as a dream of freedom, democracy and rights.”

During a press conference with al-Maliki, Kotzias referred to his guest as “His Excellency, the foreign minister of Palestine,” and promised to create a “Friends of Palestine” group in the European Union…

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  • Rosenmops

    The EU should kick Greece out and let them fend for themselves.

  • Ed

    I’ve noticed his smug self satisfied perpetual “in your face” grin a bit scarce of late…

  • Millie_Woods

    Dear Palestine. Don’t loan your new friends any money!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That’s funny!

  • Una Salus

    Greece is also on the way to being an imaginary state apparently.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      They have been using imaginary numbers for a long time, too.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Greece will soon be a province of the Caliphate anyway.

  • Helios Megistos

    Ilias Kasidiaris: We Are Against the Construction of the Mosque in Athens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb9qyCtLdwU

  • Everyone Else

    So why doesn’t Greece call Cyprus Turkey?

  • Clausewitz

    Dear Greece, enjoy the Bankruptcy. The Federal government better not be sending any of my tax dollars to these leftist idiots.

  • The epitome of delusion: “”Palestine is a country that is in our hearts, in our minds,” Kotzias said at the Foreign Ministry in Athens. “It has followed us since the years of our adolescence and youth as a dream of freedom, democracy and rights.””

  • Hard Little Machine

    Greece is a perfect destination for the crazy freeloading do nothing ‘palestinians’. They should all emigrate to Greece. It’s already the destination of choice for thousands of north Africans.

  • Gaian

    This is what you call “greek style”, doing everything assbackward.