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State of Palestine Admitted to Interpol

The State of Palestine Has Officially Been Admitted to Interpol as a Member Country

Interpol, or the International Police Organization, officially admitted the State of Palestine as a Member State on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Despite objections from Israel, Palestine was formally admitted at the organizations general assembly in Beijing earlier this week.

Palestine's Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki released a statement about the achievement saying, "this victory was made possible because of the principled position of the majority of Interpol members."

The State of Palestine wasn't the only country to be granted admission at this year's general assembly: the Solomon Islands were also approved, and both the Solomon Islands and the State of Palestine reached more than the required two-thirds majority of votes, bringing Interpol's membership up to 192 members.

The news comes just days after Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree that will allow women to drive in the Kingdom beginning in June 2018. All in all, it's been a progressive and monumental week for the region!


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