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Saudi nixes Swedish FM’s Arab League address

Saudi Arabia blocks the Swedish foreign minister from addressing the Arab League because of Sweden’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, Reuters reports.

Margot Wallström, Sweden's Minister of Foreign Affairs, in her office on October 31, 2014, in Stockholm. (photo credit: AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)
Margot Wallström, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, in her office on October 31, 2014, in Stockholm. (photo credit: AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

“Last night, we were told that Saudi Arabia had blocked Margot’s participation,” the foreign minister’s press spokesman Erik Boman says.

Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s foreign minister, had been invited to give a speech to a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in a trip aimed at building cooperation to promote democracy, human rights and economic integration, Reuters reports.

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