Apr 27, 2006

Sweden issues visas to Hamas members

The Swedes also drop out of international air force exercise after learning that Israel was to participate.
In explaining Stockholm's stance, the spokesman of the Swedish Foreign Ministry said that the aim of the drill was to prepare for future cooperation in international peacekeeping operations, but added that "the participation of the Israeli Air Force has changed the prerequisites of the exercise."

Sweden's Defense Minister Leni Bjorklund explained that Sweden pulled out because a state "that does not participate in international peacekeeping missions" would be part of the exercise, but did not mention Israel by name

Nice to see the Swedes maintaining their much-vaunted neutrality.

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