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Lapid Speaks with Sweden FM, Renewing High-Level Contacts After 7 Years

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced that he spoke with his Swedish counterpart, marking the first such call between the nations’ top diplomats in seven years.

“This phone conversation, the first in 7 years between the foreign ministers of our countries, symbolizes the relaunching of relations at this level,” Lapid tweeted on Monday, September 20, after he spoke with Sweden’s Ann Linde last week.

“I appreciate her 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,” Lapid added.

Linde had tweeted on Wednesday, September 15, that the call was an “opportunity for me to wish him Shana Tova & emphasise the importance of our bilateral relationship.”

“Both of us stressed that friendship & cooperation can & must go hand with respect for each other’s convictions & differences,” she said.

The previous Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, repeatedly enraged Israel, starting with Sweden’s recognition of a Palestinian state shortly after she took the post in October 2014. (TOI / VFI News)

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