Berlin, Oct 30 :
Sweden will officially recognise Palestine as an independent state, the first European Union (EU) member to do so, the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reported, citing Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom.
A decree will be issued later Thursday by the Swedish government which will become the first country in the EU to take that step.
According to Wallstrom, the Swedish government believes that Palestine meets the criteria laid down by international law to be recognised as an independent state.
Wallstrom said she hoped that other countries would take the same decision in order to move towards a political solution to the conflict in the Middle East.
Palestine is recognised as a state by over 100 countries.