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Diaspora minister to visit Romania, Sweden next week

MK Nachman Shai attends a Knesset committee meeting, on November 13, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
MK Nachman Shai attends a Knesset committee meeting, on November 13, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai is slated to visit Romania and Sweden next week, says his office.

Shai is slated to begin his trip in Romania on Sunday and attend the country’s national Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony alongside the president and prime minister of Romania. He is also scheduled to meet with members of the Jewish community in Bucharest.

On Wednesday, he will address the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, hosted by the king of Sweden and attended by the country’s prime minister and many other officials.

Relations between Israel and Sweden have been tense in recent years, after Stockholm recognized a Palestinian state in 2014. Shai will become the first government minister to visit the country in seven years.

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