Palestine joins Interpol as full member

Interpol-Palestine-640x381The International Police Organization or Interpol, as it is commonly known, has decided to accept the state of Palestine as a new member announced on 86th Interpol General Assembly in Beijing on 27th of Sept. 2017. Some 75 countries voted in favor, with 24 voting against and 34 abstaining. The State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands are now INTERPOL member countries. Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah praised the decision as a victory for the Palestinian people. As per Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki this victory was made possible because of the principled position of the majority of Interpol members. Israel had contended that Palestine is not a state and that it is ineligible for Interpol membership.