A recent article titled “Sweden becomes first EU country to recognise the Palestinian State” (https://www.euronews.com/2014/10/30/sweden-becomes-first-eu-country-to-recognise-the-palestinian-state/; retrieved on 11-13-2014) began the following way:
“Sweden officially recognises the State of Palestine, the country’s foreign minister has announced, making it the first European Union country to do so.
‘Today, the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine,’ Margot Wallstrom (pictured) said in a Thursday statement. ‘It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians’ right to self-determination.’
The 130 other nations that already recognise a Palestinian State include Hungary, Slovakia and Poland although these three countries took this step before joining the EU. Thursday’s declaration was not unexpected; newly-elected Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced during his swearing-in speech earlier this month that it would come, although few observers anticipated a formal announcement so soon.
Israel has protested Sweden’s decision and the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the Swedish ambassador shortly after Lofven’s statement. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called Wallström’s announcement on Thursday ‘unfortunate’ and said it would only serve to reinforce extremist elements.”
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