Shalom Life | October 04, 2014

Sweden to Become First EU Member to Recognize Palestinian Statehood

“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine,” said newly appointed Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

By: ShalomLife Team

Published: October 3rd, 2014 in News » World

Photo Caption: New Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven


Sweden’s newly formed left-wing government is set to recognize “Palestine” as a state, making it the first European Union (EU) member to do so.

In his inaugural address on Friday, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said that “the conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law.”

“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine,” Löfven said, without giving a specific timetable for the recognition.

While several European countries such as Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Romania have already recognized Palestinian statehood, they did so before becoming EU members.

Reprinted from JNS.org

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