FM Calls on Israel to Pave Way for Palestinian State

Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds has called on Israel to stop expanding settlements to enable the emergence of a democratic and viable Palestinian state.

News agency TT quotes Freivalds from Tuesday’s parliamentary debate as saying she hopes Israel will help facilitate the upcoming Palestinian presidential election.

She also hopes that international election monitors be allowed in. ”Sweden is prepared to actively participate if such a mission is decided on,” she said, adding that she hoped a newly elected Palestinian leader would adhere to democratic ideals and would fight corruption and terrorism.