Prime Minister Stefan Löfven stated that Sweden is going to recognize Palestine as a state as he read the government statement on Friday.
According to the new Swedish Prime Minister, Sweden will continue to work towards a two-state solution in the conflict between Palestine and Israel.
- The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated under international law, Löfven said as he presented the government declaration.
- A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a willingness to peaceful coexistence. Sweden will therefore recognize the State of Palestine.
Sweden is the first European country to recognize Palestine. Some EU countries, such as Hungary, Poland and Slovakia already recognize Palestine, but they decided this before they joined the union.
USA: - The recognition is premature
- We believe that international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said when she was asked to comment on the news from Sweden.
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