Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Wednesday morning denied that "any fundamental changes" had been made to a European Union statement on the Middle East, which stopped short of recognizing east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
"That has been the intention all the time," Bildt told Army Radio, adding that the original draft, which was proposed by Sweden, had always aimed to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of two states, contrary to recent reports.
He decried Israeli criticism of the Swedish government, and added, "I understand [Israel] hasn't been entirely happy with [US] President [Barack] Obama either. You can't can't expect us to agree on everything. We have to have an independent line, and we do have that. I have no problem being pro-Palestinian; I have no problem being pro-Israeli. I am pro-peace."