Sweden recognises Palestinian state

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Published: Thursday 30th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Sweden’s new government says it has recognised a Palestinian state, a move declared by the prime minister as a priority for the left-leaning minority coalition.

The EU member country has joined two other western European nations – Malta and Cyprus – which have officially recognised Palestine.

Foreign minister Margot Wallstrom said Sweden had decided on the move because the “criteria of international law” had been fulfilled, saying there is “a territory, a people and government”.

The EU has said that it would recognise a Palestinian state “when appropriate” and has urged that negotiations be resumed as soon as possible to achieve a two-state solution.

Earlier this month, MPs in the UK held a symbolic vote in favour of recognising Palestine as a state.

PM David Cameron said at the time that he looked forward to the day when the UK recognises the state of Palestine but insisted it will only happen when a peaceful two-state solution is achieved.

Published: Thursday 30th October 2014 by The News Editor

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