Liberman allegedly refuses to meet Swedish Foreign Minster due to October recognition of Palestine

By REUTERS
January 15, 2015 18:59

 
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Sweden's Foreign Minister has indefinitely postponed an official state visit to Israel in light of claims that the Jewish State's own Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman refused to meet her, AFP reported Thursday.

In an interview with Swedish radio, the spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry, Emmanuel Nahson, explained that the Scandinavian country's Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstroem,"would not have been given any official meetings in Israel if she had traveled here." "What Sweden did was an utterly unfriendly action," Nahshon added, referring to Stockholm's recognition of Palestine.

Sweden was the first major EU nation to recognize a Palestinian state. The October decision prompted Israel to recall it's Sweden based ambassador, Isaac Bachman.

Despite the controversy Sweden said Wallstroem would visit Israel after it's upcoming elections which will take place on March 17.

"It's in everybody's interest to have good diplomatic ties and we respect that there is an election campaign in Israel now and that there is a heightened debate," a Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman told Swedish Radio.

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