Sweden foreign minister ‘proud’ to recognise Palestine

May 01,2019

After recognising Palestine statehood in 2014, Sweden will continue to support it, says Foreign Minister Wallstrom.

Sweden’s foreign minister expressed her pride on Monday over her country’s recognition of Palestine as an independent state.

“I am proud of the decision of Sweden's government, which recognized Palestine as an independent state in 2014,” Margot Wallstrom told state broadcaster SVT.

Wallstrom said many countries followed Sweden's lead in recognising Palestine.

“This shows that we recognised Palestine at the right time. We will continue to support Palestine,” she added.

Ties with Israeli occupation reached a low in October 2014 when Sweden became the first EU member in Western Europe to officially recognise the state of Palestine.

In 2015, Wallstrom canceled an official visit to Israel, as no Israeli official was prepared to receive her.

Palestine has long sought international recognition as part of its pursuit of a two-state solution.

Anadolu