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Swedish foreign minister postpones Israel trip

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Swedish foreign minister postpones Israel trip
Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. Photo: TT
11:33 CET+01:00
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has indefinitely postponed a planned trip to Israel in an apparent cooling of relations between the two countries since Sweden recognized Palestine.
"The foreign minister has decided to postpone her visit to Israel and Palestine. Instead of next week it will take place later. No date is yet decided," Margot Wallström's spokesman Erik Boman told AFP.
 
Sweden's decision to recognize the state of Palestine in late October caused Israel to recall its ambassador to Stockholm, who returned a month later.
   
Israeli media reported in mid-December that Wallstroem's Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman did not want to meet the Swedish foreign minister.
 
Wallström's scheduled visit had not been officially announced.
   
According to Swedish media, the main purpose of the trip had been to honour the memory of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Budapest Jews from being sent to concentration camps by issuing them Swedish papers in 1944-1945.
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