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April 28, 2006
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Sweden withdrew from an international air force drill to protest Israel’s participation. Sweden and Israel were among nine countries due to take part in next month’s Spring Flag air exercises in Sardinia, intended to boost cooperation for peacekeeping operations. But the Foreign Ministry in Stockholm announced this week that the Swedish delegation would not take part because of the Israeli Air Force’s involvement. “Our analysis of the situation for the time being is that an Israeli participation in this kind of peacekeeping effort is unlikely given the political situation in the Middle East,” ministry spokesman Christian Carlsson told Swedish Radio.

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