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Thailand said Friday that it had recognized Palestine as an independent state. A Foreign Ministry spokesman, Thani Thongphakdi, said that Thailand had informed the Palestinian delegation and all member states at the United Nations. The move comes as Palestinian leaders push for full membership at the United Nations, a bid Washington opposes because it says the Palestinians must reach a peace agreement with Israel first. Thailand has friendly ties with Israel and is a major tourist destination for Israeli travelers.