Yair Lapid speaks met Linde in first to talk of FMs for Israel and Sweden in 7 years

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke with Minister of Sweden of Foreign Affairs Anne Linde in the first conversation between Israeli and Swedish foreign ministers in seven years, Lapid said: on Twitter Monday.

The conversation symbolized the relaunch of high-level relations, said Lapid, who added that he “appreciates”[s] her statement over Sweden’s strong and solid commitment to security of Israel and its recognition in the course of our conversation of Israel as homeland of the jewish people.”

Lapid and Linde also discussed Israel’s participation in the Malmo Forum on Holocaust Remembrance.

“I watch forward to more cooperation with Sweden on bilateral and multilateral issues,” concluded Lapid on Twitter.

Israel closed its doors on visits by Swedish officials in 2014 after which minister State Department called Margot Walstrom to investigate “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians during the wave of 2014 of terrorism.

Yair Lapid speaks met Linde in first    to talk of FMs for Israel and Sweden in 7 yearsMARGOT WALLSTROM (credit: REUTERS)

viceminister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely at the time added that there had been a “degree” of disconnect” between Sweden and Israel for two years before that.

Sweden announced it would officially recognize the state of Palestine in 2014 making Israel a very public “rebuke” to then ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser.

Linde replaces Wolstrom in 2019.

Herb Keinon and Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.

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