Saudi Arabia has decided to send its envoy back to Sweden, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Friday, in a move that will ease a diplomatic row over the Arab country’s human rights record.
I hope that doesn’t mean Sweden has crawled or begged or, especially, withdrawn anything Margot Wallström said.
Saudi Arabia withdrew its envoy earlier this month over Swedish criticism of the monarchy’s treatment of women and dissidents.
In January, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom tweeted criticism of Saudi Arabia’s flogging of human rights activist blogger Raif Badawi, calling it a “cruel attempt to silence modern forms of expression”.
She has also criticized policies affecting women, who cannot drive cars and need permission from a male guardian for many decisions.
Riyadh then canceled a speech Wallstrom had been due to give to the League of Arab States, and Stockholm later ended a long-standing defense cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia.
Wallström said true things about Saudi Arabia. I hope she hasn’t been forced to take any of them back.