Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said Sweden made the move because Palestine had fulfilled the international law criteria required for such recognition.
|The government of Sweden on Thursday officially recognized Palestine as a |
state, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said.
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By Al Arabia | October 30, 2014
Israel recalled its ambassador to the Swedish capital of Stockholm for “consultations” on Thursday, after the European country officially recognized the state of Palestine, the Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said.
“This indeed reflects our irritation and annoyance at this unhelpful decision which does not contribute to a return to [peace] negotiations,” Emmanuel Nachshon told AFP.
Sweden in the first Western European country to officially recognized the state of Palestine, reflecting growing international exasperation over the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.