The foreign ministers of Israel and Sweden held their first phone call in seven years, a move hailed as the “relaunching of relations” after protracted tensions between the two countries
JERUSALEM — The foreign ministers of Israel and Sweden held their first phone call in seven years on Monday, a move hailed by the top Israeli diplomat as the “relaunching of relations” after protracted tensions between the two countries.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid wrote on Twitter that he spoke with his Swedish counterpart, Ann Linde, and thanked her for “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.”
“I look forward to increased cooperation with Sweden on bilateral and multilateral issues,” Lapid said.
There was no immediate comment from the Swedish Foreign Ministry.
Sweden’s relations with Israel have been strained since the Social Democratic-led government in 2014 recognized Palestinian statehood. Its former foreign minister’s comments in recent years concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict drew angry responses from Israeli officials.
Sweden will host world leaders at the International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance in Malmo, the country’s third-largest city, next month.