Sweden welcomes new Palestinian prime minister
AFP · 15 Jun 2007, 18:01
Published: 15 Jun 2007 18:01 GMT+02:00
"I welcome very favourably the decision by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to ask former finance minister Salam Fayyad to form a new Palestinian government," Bildt said in a statement.
"Let's hope that he will rapidly set up a new government, and it is important that we, in the European Union, give him support as quickly and as strongly as possible."
Western-backed Fayyad has been charged with setting up a government to replace the three-month-old unity administration dismissed by Abbas shortly before Islamic militant Hamas took control of Gaza on Thursday.
Hamas rejected the move as a "coup against legitimacy and a transgression of all laws".