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the vatican announcing wednesday it will signed its first official treaty recognizing a palestinian state , pope francis following through on a stance his help for years referring repeatedly in speeches to the state of palestine including during a two thousand fourteen visit to the holy land , wednesday's agreement marking the vatican's first legal document acknowledging palestinian statehood writers vatican correspondent phil paula is a treaty , between the vatican and the state of palestine governing the activities of the church in the state of palestine what it wants is free access to all the holy sites , in jerusalem in what is now the occupied territories , uh state of palestine , in the region israel expressing disappointment wednesday saying efforts by the palestinian authority to gain international recognition detract from its negotiations with israel , palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas is deal with the catholic church which claims to represent more than a billion adherents worldwide increasing abbas is international legitimacy at a time when palestinian statehood seems far from imminent , talks between abbas and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu broke down in two thousand fourteen in the run up to israeli elections in march netanyahu told a radio station he would never agree to the creation of , austin in state , he then reversed himself after his electoral victory in the face of international criticism , palestinian authority president abbas said to visit the vatican and meet pope francis on saturday