Atef Adwan at a Stockholm press conference

Hamas Minister Continues European Visit

Palestinian Refugee Affairs Minister Atef Adwan said here in Stockholm Tuesday that he will use his visa to Sweden to visit four other European countries.

A member of the Hamas-led Palestinian government, Adwan was given a visa to Sweden despite protests from Israel and France. Hamas is regarded by the European Union as a terrorist organization.

Adwan attended a meeting of Palestinian exiles in Malmö. He also met several members of the Swedish parliament here in Stockholm, but the government has refused any official contacts.

Adwan did not say which four countries he is planning to visit.

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