Israel has expressed disappointment at Brazil's decision to recognise
a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, saying it flew in the face
of efforts to negotiate a peace deal.
The decision came in response to a personal request made by Abbas on November 24, according to the letter published on the foreign ministry's website on Friday.
"Considering that the demand presented by his excellency [Abbas] is just and consistent with the principles upheld by Brazil with regard to the Palestinian issue, Brazil, through this letter, recognises a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders," it said.
The letter refers to the "legitimate aspiration of the Palestinian people for a secure, united, democratic and economically viable state coexisting peacefully with Israel."
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