Argentina and Uruguay are recognizing Palestine as an independent state

Argentina and Uruguay made an official statement on Monday stating that they are joining Brazil in recognizing Palestine as an independent state with its pre-1967 borders. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas reached out to the South American governments as part of an effort to win United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state. Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman stated that a letter was sent by the country's President Cristina Kirchner to Abbas declaring recognition of a free Palestinian state. Timmerman also stressed his government's solidarity with "the initiatives of the international community aimed at attaining a fair, peaceful and definitive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict." Israel, in return, expressed disappointment from this announcement designating it as "regrettable" since it undercuts American-led efforts to create such a state through negotiations with Israel.