The Swedish prime minister denied entry to a Hamas lawmaker. Goran Persson said Wednesday that Salah al-Bardaweel, as a member of a European Union-labeled terrorist group, could not visit his country. Bardaweel previously tried to obtain a visa from France and was denied for the same reason. The Hamas lawmaker is trying to join a group of Palestinian politicians from other groups on a European tour. Palestinians living in Malmo, Sweden, had invited them to the country for a visit this month. Persson’s statement is a shift from the stance of foreign minister, Jan Elision, who said that the Hamas member could visit the country, with the restriction that he not meet with government officials.
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