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Topics discussed at the meeting included Russian-European relations, the Southern Caucasus, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Photo: Irena Busic/MFA

Carl Bildt in Moscow

On 11 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt take part in an EU Troika meeting with Russia in Moscow. Other participants will be President of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council Karel Schwarzenberg, Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU High Representative Javier Solana and Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.

Gunilla Carlsson has been involved in producing a report on consensus on development assistance. Photo: Johan Westberg

Gunilla Carlsson presented report in Washington on development assistance

Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson presented a report on Tuesday on increased consensus between Europe and the US in the area of development policy at a seminar held at House of Sweden in Washington.

Swedish Environmental Technology Group with the task of spreading knowledge

A Swedish greentech group - the Swedish Environmental Technology Group - has been formed with the aim of spreading knowledge about high-tech Swedish environmental companies in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Region. The group consists of ten Swedish environmental technology companies and will promote the exchange of information and contacts.

Stoltenberg report presented to the Nordic foreign ministers

Thorvald Stoltenberg

A report on ways of developing deeper cooperation in foreign and security policy among the Nordic countries over the next 10-15 years was presented today at the meeting of Nordic foreign ministers in Oslo. The report has been written by the former Norwegian Minister of Defence and Minister of Foreign Affairs Thorvald Stoltenberg, who was instructed by the Nordic foreign ministers in June last year to discuss this issue.

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is the United Arab Emirates' first female minister. In 2007 she was ranked as one of the world's most influential women by Forbes magazine. Photo: Ellinor Lundmark/MFA

United Arab Emirates' trade minister meets Ewa Björling

Minister of Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is in Sweden for a three-day visit, accompanied by a business delegation. They have met Minister for Trade Ewa Björling and visited Hammarby Sjöstad. The United Arab Emirates is Sweden's second largest trade partner in the Middle East and North Africa and the visit aims to further develop relations between the two countries.

Carl Bildt to Prague

On Thursday 5 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will travel to Prague for an EU Troika meeting with Ukraine.

Carl Bildt in Gaza

Photo: Irena Busic/UD

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt is the first EU minister to visit Gaza following the war. He is there to tour the area and visit Al Quds hospital, under the auspices of the UN.

She helps Swedish companies take their responsibility

Foto: Pawel Flato

Catharina Kipp is the new Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She promotes issues dealing with the responsibility of companies in society and gives Swedish companies advice on working methods that do not harm people or the environment.
"It's no longer a question of whether to work with CSR, but how to do it," she states.

Sweden to send naval vessels to Somalia

The Government decided today to request the permission of the Riksdag to place Swedish armed forces at the disposal of the EU maritime operation off the coast of Somalia, Operation Atalanta.

Rather than cutting a ribbon, Dr Björling and the President of the Swedish Trade Council, Ulf Berg, tied a symbolic knot between Egypt and Sweden. Photo: Jens Eriksson/MFA

Minister for Trade opened new trade office in Cairo

Minister for Trade Ewa Björling opened the Swedish Trade Council's new office in Cairo on Tuesday evening.