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Eliasson: Swedish-Israeli Relations Better

Published måndag 22 maj 2006 kl 11.37
Hamas Minister Atef Adwan in Stockholm

Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson says relations with Israel have thawed, after recent disputes.

Last week an Israeli spokesman called Sweden the most anti-Israeli country in Europe, following the granting of a visa to a minister from Palestine’s ruling Hamas party, and Sweden’s withdrawal from European air force exercises because of Israeli participation.

In an interview with Swedish Radio News on Saturday, Eliasson, a career diplomat who is also President of the United Nations General Assembly, said he and Israeli’s foreign minister have agreed to put the controversies behind them.

The Israeli spokesman’s earlier remarks were said to be unauthorized an unplanned.

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