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Oct 7, 2014

Sweden’s Palestine statement signals start of weightier global role

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s decision to recognize the Palestine state – without formally consulting its allies – may herald a wider foreign policy shift that has at its heart the aim of asserting a new diplomatic weight around the world.

The ruling Social Democrats had signaled in their election manifesto an intention to recognize Palestine. But the speed of their post-election announcement, made during Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s inaugural address to parliament on Friday, surprised some countries including Israel.

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