Palestine, the state: stamps, visas and ID cards planned

Published January 7th, 2013 - 07:30 GMT
A Palestian wearing the trademark chequerred keffieyh with a national flag painted on his face, attends a rally in support of president Mahmoud Abbas's Farah party on Friday in Gaza City. (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED)
A Palestian wearing the trademark chequerred keffieyh with a national flag painted on his face, attends a rally in support of president Mahmoud Abbas's Farah party on Friday in Gaza City. (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told West Bank officials to prepare to put the words 'State of Palestine' on public documents, official media has said.

Until now passports, ID cards, driving licences and other documents have been stamped 'Palestinian Authority'.

In November, Abbas led a successful campaign for the UN to upgrade the Palestinians' status, which was previously of a 'non-member observer entity', to that of an observer state, the BBC reports.

According to the report, in a decree carried out by the official Wafa news agency, Abbas said the move on labelling public documents would help bolster the Palestinian state 'on the ground and build its institutions... and its sovereignty over the its land'.

Last week, Abbas ordered the foreign ministry and embassies to start using 'State of Palestine' in official correspondence, Agence France-Presse reported


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