Sweden’s foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom expressed pride over her country recognizing Palestine as an independent state.
Wallstrom told state broadcaster SVT, that she is proud of the decision of Sweden’s government, which recognized Palestine as an independent state in 2014.
Wallstrom said many countries followed Sweden’s lead in recognizing Palestine. This shows that we recognized Palestine at the right time. We will continue to support Palestine.
On Israel’s criticism of Sweden’s Palestine policy, Wallstrom said dialogue between Sweden and Israel to solve the problems between the two countries continues.
The West has floated nearly 55 plans for Middle East peace since 1949, all of which were against Palestinian interests.
Ever since Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in late 2017, the Palestinian leadership has rejected any role for the USA in the stalled Palestine-Israel peace process.
According to past statements by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a new scheme would give Israel parts of the West Bank which are considered “occupied territory” under international law.
Ties with Israel reached a low in October 2014 when Sweden became the first EU member in Western Europe to officially recognize 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.
AA / ABC Flash Point Freedom News 2019.