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‘State of Palestine’ to replace ‘Palestinian Authority’ in West Bank public documents

‘State of Palestine’ to replace ‘Palestinian Authority’ in West Bank public documents London, Jan. 7 : 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. (ANI)