Abbas lauds Sweden's decision to recognize Palestinian state

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday phoned Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and thanked him for his country’s decision to recognize the “State of Palestine.”
Abbas expressed appreciation for Sweden’s “historic stance,” adding that it would serve the peace process.
A statement released by Abbas’s office said that Lofven told the PA president during the phone conversation that Sweden took the decision to help resume the negotiations over a two-state solution.
Lofeven, according to the statement, also invited Abbas to visit Sweden. The two agreed to set a date for the visit in the nearest future, the statement added.
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