Corbyn: Labour government would quickly recognize Palestine

Corbyn: Labour government would quickly recognize Palestine
United Kingdom's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is offered candy by Syrian refugee Sohela Sobeihi, 52 while talking to refugees at the main market road, during his visit to the Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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.”