In a tweet posted on Thursday, the Spanish-language Twitter account for Palestine, “Palestina Hoy,” announced that the Palestinian delegation in Mexico City will now be upgraded from a “Special Delegation” to a full embassy.
According to the statement, “This measure is undertaken in the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the two countries, which is evidenced in the continuous development of bilateral relations in the bilateral and multilateral sphere, since its establishment in 1975.”
The document continued, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates expresses its firm conviction that this measure will significantly contribute to the continued development and strengthening of relations between the United Mexican States and the State of Palestine, on the basis of mutual respect and recognition and for the benefit of the two peoples, as well as contributing to international security and development.”
A resolution was passed by the Mexican Senate last November, on the anniversary of the Palestinian declaration of independence on November 15, 1985, recognizing Palestine as an independent state.
The chairman of the Commission on Exterior Relations, Senator Héctor Vasconcelos, said at that time, “I express my desire to see a free, independent Palestine in full exercise of its rights, because the Palestinian-Israeli conflict affects how we conceive of the human rights of peoples, how we conceive of freedom and of being recognized as free persons and not subjects of other nations.”
Vasconcelos, who is a highly esteemed intellectual, brought to mind that if Palestinians can be rendered stateless and without any real human rights, that devalues the concept of human rights in its very essence. There is no doubt that it would no longer be universal, and it would be subject to a number of important exceptions which might render it meaningless. Thus, the Palestinian situation affects our very conception of what human rights are, which is why it is so important.
There are more than 80 embassies of Palestine throughout the world, including 12 in Latin America, including those in Argentina and Brazil, so Mexico is joining a consensus in this regard. In terms of global representation, Western Europe, which primarily has Palestinian missions rather than embassies, is an outlier.