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Reinfeldt’s Reservations against Palestinian Coalition Government

Published torsdag 26 februari 2009 kl 11.38
Reinfeldt and Abbas in meeting

Sweden will not recognise a Palestinian coalition government unless certain conditions are met. Swedish Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt met with the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday afternoon.

This was the last stop on Abbas’ European visit. He has been to several countries where he has been seeking support for a potential coalition government between the Fatah movement and Hamas. Through his interpreter Abbas confirmed what kind of support he wants from Sweden.

However, Reinfeldt is not readily going to accept a Palestinian government where Hamas is included. After the meeting he said that there had been discussions as to which kind of representatives that realistically could be accepted into the coalition. He also maintained that all parties involved would have to accept a future with both an Israeli and Palestinian state.

Abbas also said that a Fatah/Hamas coalition is Palestine’s only hope and that he wishes to hold elections later on this year. This would then take place during Sweden’s EU presidency.

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