Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki believes that Sweden can play a key role “in bringing the Israeli and Palestinian positions closer together.”
Al-Malki spoke Tuesday (19/10) during a joint press conference with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde in the occupied West Bank as the two countries seek to cultivate closer ties after years of good diplomatic relations.
Sweden officially recognized Palestine in 2014, becoming the first Western European Union country to do so.
Linde stressed the commitment of Sweden and the European Union to continue to support a two-state solution based on international law which should “end the occupation, provide security for Palestine and Israel, resolve the final status issues including Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and Israel.”
Linde is also expected to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in the coming days.
Sweden’s foreign minister visited Israel Monday in a bid to mend relations that have been strained for years after Sweden gave its support to the Palestinians.
Linde also spoke about the need for the Palestinian government to hold fair elections and the protection of human rights. The Palestinian Authority has come under intense scrutiny from both Palestinians and the international community after canceling elections originally planned for this summer. [mg/jm]