Sweden's new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announces his new government in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonas Ekstromer, TT News Agency)
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Sweden's decision to recognise the Palestine state -- without formally consulting its allies -- may herald a wider foreign policy shift that has at its heart the aim of asserting a new diplomatic weight around the world.Wallstrom, who after Friday's government statement tweeted: "New role for Sweden in the world!" also told Reuters Sweden would now be less enthusiastic about working with NATO, and push a foreign policy that looked at disarmament and womens' rights.The U.N. General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most EU countries have yet to give official recognition.Washington said Sweden's recognition of Palestine was premature and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the declaration was counter-productive.In an interview before the election, Lofven said Sweden's foreign policy had been "too passive" and his government would be more active in the United Nations and human rights.
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