Ecuador recognizes Palestine state (UPDATE)
Ecuador has recognized Palestine as an independent and sovereign state within the 1967 borders, RIA Novosti reported.
President Rafael Correa signed "the Ecuadoran government's official recognition of Palestine as a free and independent state with 1967 borders," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Earlier this month, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina recognized Palestine as an independent state within its borders prior to 1967, in decisions that the United States and Israel slammed as counterproductive and damaging, dpa reported.
The Ecuadoran resolution was being provided to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and the Palestinian representative to the United Nations, the ministry said.
Venezuela also recognizes Palestine as a sovereign state, while Uruguay has announced plans to do so next year.
Legislators from ruling and opposition parties in Chile have stepped by pressure on the government of President Sebastian Pinera to grant the same recognition to Palestine. Chile has a large Palestinian community of more than 300,000 people.