Swedish officials: relationship with Saudi 'normalized'

Published April 3rd, 2015 - 04:00 GMT

Sweden said on Thursday that relations with Saudi Arabia were back to normal and that Riyadh would lift its temporary visa ban.
“Saudi Arabia has informed us that it saw its relationship with Sweden as normalized. As part of this, visas will be given again to Swedes. Exactly when, we cannot say,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson was quoted as saying by AFP.

Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Stockholm on March 11 for Sweden Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem’s percieved flagrant interference in the Kingdom’s internal affairs.

Around the same time, Sweden unilaterally canceled a long-standing military cooperation deal between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia proceeded to freeze business visas to Swedish citizens, while the United Arab Emirates also recalled its ambassador to Stockholm.

Fearing a financial impact, the Swedish government invited Saudi business leaders for talks.

Last Friday, Swedish MP Bjorn von Sydow traveled to Riyadh to deliver a letter from King Carl XVI and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

The content of the message was not revealed, but it was reported in the Saudi media that the Swedish government apologized for the undiplomatic conduct of Wallstroem.

This article has been edited from the source material.

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