Sweden ‘premature’ to recognize Palestine: US

The US said on Friday that it would be ‘premature’ to recognize a new Palestinian state, after Sweden said it was planning to as part of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ‘We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature,’ State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters when asked about Sweden’s decision. ‘We certainly support Palestinian statehood, but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognitions by both parties.’ Israelis and the Palestinians, Psaki said, must be the ones ‘to agree on the terms on how they live in the future two states, living side-by-side.’ According to an AFP count, at least 112 countries around the world have recognized a Palestinian state. 
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