Swedish minister says silenced by Saudis at Arab League after criticising their human rights record

Ms Wallstroem had been invited as an honorary guest to the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, pictured, in praise of her government’s decision to recognise Palestine as a state

A Swedish minister has accused Saudi Arabia of banning her from giving a speech at a meeting of the Arab League after she previously criticised the kingdom’s human rights record.

Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallstroem has claimed that her criticism of Saudi Arabia over its treatment of blogger Raif Badawi resulted in her speech being cancelled at the meeting in Cairo.

However, an Arabic diplomat confirmed that Riyadh had stopped her from making her opening speech.

Ms Wallstroem said: “The explanation we have been given is that Sweden has highlighted the situation for democracy and human rights and that is why they do not want me to speak”…


The moral of the story is that you cannot please the Muslim world by making concession on Israel and Palestine.

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  • DMB

    Sweden has become another failed Arab state.

    • Frau Katze

      I’m surprised she even tried to make such a speech. Is she so stupid that she didn’t know it would be blocked?

      Honestly, our leaders are total idiots.

      • DMB

        Sometimes stupidity and corruption go hand and hand.

      • Zaba

        Is she so stupid …..?
        It’s that Liberalism disease……..

  • Jay Currie

    The amusing part is that the Saudis are far closer to the Israelis than they are to the Palis.

  • Zaba

    This is a good thing.
    We need muzlims to keep repeating and acting on their koranic code.
    Slowly, the West awakens……..

    Recently Israel’s FM, Lieberman, refused to meet w/her over Sweden’s
    decision to recognize ‘palestine’.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    What did the Swedes expect to happen?

    Any Westerner lecturing the Saudis on ‘human rights’ is trying to sell apple juice to staunch orange farmers.

    What a colossal waste of time, effort, and resources.

  • Hard Little Machine

    This sounds like theater. Sweden’s response will be to bow and beg and apologize profusely and announce they’re allowing in another Muslim 500,000 immigrants.