Related: Sweden officially recognizes State of Palestine: Sweden officially recognized the State of Palestine on Thursday, making it the first major European Union member state to back Ramallah’s statehood bid in this way.
“It’s an important step that confirms the right of Palestinians to self-determination,” the country’s foreign minister, Margot Wallström, wrote Thursday in a newspaper article (Swedish link). “Sweden’s traditionally close ties with the State of Israel are now complemented by an equal relationship to the other party.”
With the recognition, Stockholm became the first European Union capital to put its full weight behind Palestine.
London’s Parliament voted in favor of a Palestinian state earlier this month, but that move was mostly symbolic…