Sweden’s foreign minister postpones visit to Israel


(JTA) — Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem has postponed a planned visit to Israel following her country’s recognition of a Palestinian state.

“The foreign minister has decided to postpone her visit to Israel and Palestine,” Wallstroem’s spokesman, Erik Boman, told the French news agency AFP on Wednesday. “Instead of next week it will take place later. No date is yet decided.”

Sweden officially recognized the state of Palestine in October, days after new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced that the government would make that recognition. In response, Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachmann.

Wallstroem’s visit had been announced last month by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said last month that he would not meet with Wallstroem while she was in Israel.

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