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Sweden's Foreign Minister Visits Israel after Years-Long Boycott

Sweden's Foreign Minister Visits Israel after Years-Long Boycott

Tuesday, 19 October, 2021 - 07:30
Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde (center) visits the Holocaust memorial in Israel. (AFP)

Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde visited Israel on Monday and met Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, to mend ties after years in which the two countries have been at odds over the conflict with the Palestinians.

During a joint press conference, Lapid said: “In our conversations, we agreed that friends don’t have to agree on everything.”

“I appreciate her statement regarding Sweden’s strong and solid commitment to the security of Israel and her recognition in the course of our conversation of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people,” he stated.

“This official visit marks a new beginning in the relationship between Israel and Sweden,” Linde tweeted.

“Israel-Sweden relations are turning a new leaf. Pleased to welcome my old friend FM to Jerusalem today. Glad to help to relaunch high-level contacts between Israel and Sweden, to strengthen our dialogue and always speak frankly with each other,” Israel’s President Isaac Herzog tweeted on Monday.

Linde also plans on meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, as well as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, in addition to other Palestinian officials.

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