ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is visiting camps for Syrian and Palestinian refugees, said Friday that a government under his leadership would recognize a Palestinian state “very early on.”
He spoke during his first international trip outside Europe since he was elected Labour Party leader in 2015.
Corbyn said during a tour of the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees that Britain could do more to take in displaced Syrians, particularly unaccompanied children. He said government efforts have been “very, very small” compared to others in Europe, including Germany.
On Saturday, he is to visit a decades-old camp for Palestinians uprooted in Israeli-Arab wars. He’s a vocal supporter of Palestinian statehood aspirations. Corbyn said a Labour government would quickly recognize Palestine “as a full state as part of the United Nations.”