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Palestine-Barbados formally established diplomatic ties


New York, 12 June 2024 (TDI): Marking a milestone in Palestinian recognition, Palestine and Barbados formally established diplomatic ties at the Barbados mission to the UN in New York on 12 June 2024.

Permanent Representatives Riyad Mansour and François Jackman signed a joint declaration that represents a major advancement in fostering bilateral relations.

The move is symbolic of Barbados’ commitment to global peace and security. Additionally, emphasis was placed that collaboration shall be grounded in the values of sovereignty, respect for one another, and international law.


Equality, regard for territorial integrity, sovereignty, and liberty, as well as a dedication to honoring international treaties, shall form the cornerstones of the accord.

“Not only do we establish our diplomatic relations and solidify our friendship between our peoples, but we also recognize our distant yet common history of a just struggle towards self-determination, towards independence, towards sovereignty, towards equality, and towards freedom,” said Riyad Mansour.


A document seeking distribution to all diplomatic missions has been sent to the UN Secretary-General, notifying him of the diplomatic ties between Barbados between the two states. With greater cooperation on international issues and shared interests, this historic development stands symbolic of the beginning of a new age of solidarity and cooperation.

Palestinian Recognition

After Palestine was formally recognized as a state, Barbados became the twelfth member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to do so. This action was taken following the nation’s announcement in April that it would. Barbados is the latest country in a growing number of countries to take this action in recent months.

Ireland, Spain, Norway, and Slovenia are among the European nations that have publicly acknowledged Palestine as a state. These nations have shown that they are dedicated to recognizing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Palestine.

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“The Barbadian government determined that the time is ripe for us to have a formal diplomatic recognition of the State of Palestine,” according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Kerrie Symmonds.

As of June 2024, 144 out of the 193 United Nations members recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

Summaiya Malik
Summaiya Malik
The author holds an MPhil degree in International Relations from National Defence University, Islamabad. She writes for South Asian Voices, CISS Insight and Hilal English.E-mail: summaiyamalik.sm@gmail.com

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