(September 8, 2019 / JNS) Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström announced her resignation on Friday. Wallström, a Social Democrat, has held the position since 2014.
“The time has come for me to spend more time with my husband, my children and my grandchildren. I have notified the Prime Minister of my wish to leave the government and my post as Minister for Foreign Affairs,” she said on Twitter.
“I have put everything I have into the job of making Sweden safe, respected internationally and appreciated as a partner,” she said according to Reuters reported.
She told Swedish radio that she expects her successor to be named on Tuesday by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Relations between Sweden and Israel took a sharp turn for the worse in 2014 when Sweden became the first nation in Western Europe to recognize a Palestinian state.
Wallström, who has accused the Israeli army of carrying out “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians carrying out terrorist attacks, was forced to cancel a planned visit to Israel after Israeli officials threatened to boycott her in 2016.
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