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Wallström still hopes to meet Israeli government

Published måndag 19 januari 2015 kl 17.09
Шведский министр иностранных дел в Израиле персона нон грата
Margot Wallström is a Social Democrat minister in the red-green government. Photo: Annika af Klercker/TT.

Despite the Israeli government downgrading her visit to a tourist trip, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström hopes there can be top level Sweden-Israel discussions.

She says to Swedish Radio news that she sees the two countries’ as in an honest and straight dialogue.

Earlier the Swedish foreign ministry had cancelled the visit, saying there was a scheduling clash. But on 15th January Swedish Radio News learned that Israel would have denied Sweden’s minister the status of an official visit. If she had travelled there as a mere tourist it would have been very embarrassing for the Swedish government.

Wallström does not want to comment on the fact she first gave a very different reason for cancelling the visit, saying it is a security matter. “What they initially told us was they did not have time to meet us because of the upcoming election. I hope the meeting can still happen.”

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