PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, welcomed the Swedish Recognition of the Palestinian State:
“We are grateful to the Swedish government and its people for recognizing the State of Palestine. Such a principled and courageous decision is consistent with international human rights standards and constitutes an important step towards achieving peace and justice for the Palestinian people.
This historic move sends a clear and direct message to Israel that its military occupation of Palestine can no longer continue and that it must end its flagrant violations of international law and Palestinian human rights. The establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital is the key to a just peace and ensuring stability in the region.
It is our hope that other EU member-states and countries worldwide will follow Sweden’s lead and recognize Palestine before the chances for a two-state solution are destroyed indefinitely.”