According to the media reports, Abbas is seeking political support in Sweden in order to bolster international recognition for the idea of a sovereign Palestinian state. It should be noted that the Nordic country has become one of the major European powers to recognize Palestine last year, prompting a diplomatic scandal and the withdrawal of the Israeli ambassador from the country.
The Govt will decide today to recognise the State of Palestine. Important step confirming right of Palestinian people to self-determination.— Margot Wallström (@margotwallstrom) 30 октября 2014
"The Swedish government needs to understand that relations in the Middle East are more complicated than a piece of furniture from IKEA that you assemble at home, and should act with responsibility and sensitivity," Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated sarcastically, referring to the famous Swedish furniture company, while commenting on the issue.
Meeting today with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. pic.twitter.com/ciNlTks6N6— Margot Wallström (@margotwallstrom) 10 февраля 2015
"The visit also gives us the opportunity to talk about what we think that Palestine can contribute, in the hope of resuming peace negotiations," Foreign Minister Margot Wallström stated.
The move has already met with severe criticism from Tel Aviv, while Isaac Bachman, Israel's Ambassador to Sweden has emphasized that the recognition of Palestine by Sweden as well as their rapprochement will only further aggravate tensions between Tel Aviv and Stockholm.
It should be noted that according to the Palestinian Authorities, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, including East Jerusalem, should be recognized by the international community as a part of the new Palestinian state.