Sweden recognises Palestinian state, draws Israeli anger

Sweden has officially recognised the state of Palestine, Stockholm's foreign minister saysSweden on Thursday officially recognised the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so, in a move hailed as “historic” by Palestinians but denounced by Israel. “Today the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine,” Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem wrote in the mass-circulation Dagens Nyheter daily, less than a month after Sweden’s new government announced the plans to make the controversial move. Sweden’s move comes as Israeli-Palestinian tensions soar in Jerusalem following months of almost daily clashes in the city’s occupied eastern sector. “All countries of the world that are still hesitant to recognise our right to an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital, (should) follow Sweden’s lead,” his spokesman quoted him as saying.

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