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Carl Bildt met his chinese college, Yang Jiechi. Photo: Irena Busic

Carl Bildt in China

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt visits China on 1-3 March. His programme includes talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and Vice President Xi Jinping.

Gunilla Carlsson to Donor Conference for Gaza

On Monday 2 March Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlssson will take part in the international donor conference in support of the reconstruction of Gaza and the Palestinian Authority (Cairo International Conference to support the Palestinian Economy for the Reconstruction of Gaza).

New Ambassador to Addis Abeba

Photo: Ulrika Josefsson, SIDA

The Government has today appointed Senior Adviser Jens Odlander as new Ambassador in Ethiopia and to the African Union. "This is something that all diplomats dream of - working in Addis", he writes about his assignment.

Gunilla Carlsson on developments in Sri Lanka

"The fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and the LTTE has had appalling consequences for the civil population in the area. Extensive violations of human rights have been perpetrated. The situation is unacceptable," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.

Gunilla Carlsson to meet Mahmoud Abbas

On Wednesday 25 February, President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas will arrive in Sweden and meet Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.

Summits and Afghanistan on EU agenda

The General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) is meeting on 23-24 February. The Czech Presidency will present the agenda for the summits on 1 March and 19-20 March while the foreign ministers will discuss Afghanistan and other issues. Sweden will be represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Minister for EU Affairs Cecilia Malmström.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson at the press conference.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson at the press conference.

Statement of Foreign Policy 2009

Each February, the Minister for Foreign Affairs presents the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. The presentation is followed by a debate. The Statement of Foreign Policy sets out the Government's priorities and views on various issues in the rest of the world during the year ahead.

Morgan Tsvangirai sworn in as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe today.

"It is my hope that the formation of a unity government can be a step towards a solution to the crisis in Zimbabwe," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson in a statement.

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.