Helsinki. Finland decided to raise the status of the Palestine General Delegation located in Finland, a press release from Finnish foreign ministry said on Monday, Xinhua informed.
Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja informed his Palestinian colleague Riyad al-Malki of the decision in a letter dated 30 September 2011.
Tuomioja said that the decision communicates support for the Palestinian state-building efforts, which the Palestinians have carried out for the past several years.
The measures to be taken include changing the name from “Palestine General Delegation” to “Palestine Mission” and granting the head of the mission the right to use the title of ambassador.
Besides, the head of the Palestine Mission would have to present a letter of appointment to the President of the Republic of Finland upon arriving in Finland from now on.
Apart from Finland, several other European countries have also taken similar actions to raise the status of Palestinian representations in recent years.