At NATO summit, Spanish PM rejects ‘double standards’ over Gaza


Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday urged the West to reject “double standards” over the Gaza conflict as he joined NATO leaders in supporting Ukraine.

Sanchez’s Spain has angered Israel’s right-wing government by recognizing Palestinian statehood and criticizing Israel’s conduct of the war against Hamas.

“If we tell our people that we support Ukraine because we defend international law, that is the same thing that we must do towards Gaza,” he said at the 75th anniversary NATO summit in Washington.

The socialist leader said there should be a “coherent political position” in which “we do not have double standards”.

Sanchez said the world must push to “end this terrible humanitarian crisis” affecting the Palestinians and called for an international peace conference to push for a Palestinian state.

“We must create the conditions for an immediate and urgent ceasefire,” he said. “There is a real risk of escalation in Lebanon.”

Sanchez also said he supports “democracy, freedom and the right to exist of a country like Ukraine.”

At the summit, NATO leaders issued a statement saying kyiv was on an “irreversible” path to rejoining the alliance.

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