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Sweden’s newly elected Prime Minister of the left-centre government, Stefan Lofven, announced that “Sweden is to recognize the state of Palestine” during his inaugural speech in the parliament last Friday, marking it as the first the European country to attempt to do so.

Swedish Center Left Government  Photo Credits: BBC
Swedish Center Left Government
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Although most of the 28 EU states have refused to recognize Palestine as a state, Sweden will join a group of 130 other countries that also acknowledge Palestine as a country.

The Swedish PM stated that “the conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution in accordance with international law and continued to note that a two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to a peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.”

Swedish PM, Loften Credits: J Post
Swedish PM, Lofven
Credits: J Post

Although the statement was made clear and even criticized by US State Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki, as a “premature decision,” Lofven did not give an exact timestamp for the recognition.