Advertisement

Interpol approves 'State of Palestine' as member state

Interpol approves 'State of Palestine' as member state
The entrance hall of Interpol's headquarters in Lyon, France, on Oct. 16, 2007. (Laurent Cipriani / Associated Press)

International police agency Interpol has voted to include the "State of Palestine" as a member, in a new boost to Palestinian efforts for international recognition.

Interpol announced the inclusion of the "State of Palestine" as well as the Solomon Islands on Twitter and its website Wednesday after a vote by its general assembly in Beijing.

Advertisement

With the new votes, Interpol will have 192 member countries. Interpol didn't immediately announce how many members supported Palestinian membership. UNESCO has also approved Palestinian membership, prompting the U.S. and Israel to suspend funding out of protest.

Interpol, based in Lyon, France, is an international clearinghouse for arrest warrants and police cooperation against cross-border crime.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement