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Sweden Will Become the First Major European Country to Recognize the State of Palestine

Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven.
Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven.

STOCKHOLM (Brisbane Times)—Sweden’s new centre-left government will recognise the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday.

The UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most EU countries have yet to give official recognition.

“The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law,” Lofven said during his inaugural address in parliament.

“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognise the state of Palestine.”

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