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Israeli, Swedish foreign ministers talk on phone after seven years of silence

Bilateral diplomatic relations between Israel and Sweden had deteriorated after Stockholm recognized Palestine in 2014, but now both countries seem eager to rehabilitate ties.
A split image shows Israeli alternate prime minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid arriving to attend the first weekly cabinet meeting of the new government in Jerusalem, on June 20, 2021, and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde during a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after their meeting at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on Oct. 13, 2020.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced this morning he had spoken on the phone with his Swedish counterpart, Ann Linde, ending a seven-year diplomatic rift between the two countries. "I spoke with Ann Linde, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. This phone conversation, the first in 7 years between the Foreign Ministers of our countries, symbolizes the relaunching of relations at this level," tweeted Lapid.

Lapid then said he "appreciates" Linde’s statement "regarding Sweden’s strong and solid commitment to the security of Israel and her recognition in the course of our conversation of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. We discussed Israel’s participation at the Malmo Forum on Holocaust remembrance. I look forward to increased cooperation with Sweden on bilateral and multilateral issues."

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