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Statement concerning US statement about Jerusalem


The Government deeply regrets the US statement about Jerusalem. The UN has given Jerusalem a special legal and political status, which the Security Council has called upon the international community to respect. There is a risk that this statement may lead to strong reactions and greater instability in an already turbulent region, and have long-term strategic consequences for the peace process.

The EU has clearly stated its view of Jerusalem as a separate entity and as a future capital for two states. EU foreign ministers have emphasised that the EU has never recognised Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem and that achieving a lasting peace requires resolving the status of Jerusalem through negotiations. The US statement does not affect the position of the EU and Sweden concerning Jerusalem's special status. It is of the utmost importance that all states respect and safeguard this status.

Sweden's long-standing commitment to a two-state solution remains. We are working to ensure that Israel and Palestine can live side by side in peace and security. All final status issues, including Jerusalem's status as a future capital for both states, must be resolved through negotiations between the parties and not through unilateral action by the parties or others.