Slovenia's President Borut Pahor doubted on Friday that his country would recognise state of Palestine, days after his foreign minister had said chances of such move would take place in March.
Pahor's office said in a statement that he conditions to recognise Palestine as a state had not been materialised yet.
Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said on Monday he hoped Slovenia would officially recognise a state of Palestine in March or April and that this would “strengthen Palestine's negotiation in the Middle East peace process.”
Erjavec's comments came a day after Israeli officials had revealed that Slovenia is expected to recognise the state of Palestine in the coming weeks and that three other European countries are considering the same move.
Slovenia would be only the second of the EU's 28-member states to recognise Palestine while a member of the EU. Sweden did so in 2014.
Eight other countries took the step before entering the EU: Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Malta and Cyprus.
While several European countries have in recent years recognised the state of Palestine, these were symbolic moves that have little, if any, actual diplomatic effect.
Israeli occupation state exerts much efforts on the international arena to push countries planning to recognise state ot Palestine to cancel their plans.