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Carl Bildt visiting Warsaw

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt is in Warsaw today, Monday 24 November, to meet Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and for a meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad Group. At the top of the agenda are discussions of the Polish-Swedish 'Eastern Partnership' initiative.

Ewa Björling led trade delegation to Baghdad

For the first time in 20 years, a Swedish trade delegation has visited Iraq's capital, Baghdad. The visit was led by Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, who was invited to Iraq in connection with the major conference on the country's reconstruction that was held in Stockholm in May.

"For a small country like Sweden that depends on exports, it is very important to try to enter new, emerging markets as early as possible. I therefore felt it was important to travel to Baghdad now", says Dr Björling.

Carl Bildt och Condolezza Rice
Photo: Department of State

Carl Bildt in Washington

Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt, met with his American counterpart, Condoleezza Rice, at the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday, November 18th.

Sweden increases support to Afghanistan

The Government will make three important decisions today which in various ways will strengthen and improve Sweden's support to Afghanistan. The decisions concern both our military contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the design of a new strategy for our development assistance to Afghanistan.

Press conference with Carl Bildt and Gunilla Carlsson on Afghanistan

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson will hold a press conference today, Thursday 13 November, to present Sweden's policy on Aghanistan.

Welcome news about Russian timber tariffs - planned increase stopped

Russia announced today that it is stopping the planned increase in export tariffs on round timber that would have been implemented at the turn of the year.

"This breathing space gives us scope to continue the work of finding a long-term solution, says Minister for Trade Dr Björling.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs at Human Rights Days in Luleå

As in previous years, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will take part in the Human Rights Days, the largest Nordic forum for human rights, which will be held this year on 13-14 November in Luleå. The programme is a packed and extremely exciting one. Sweden's Ambassador in Zimbabwe, Sten Rylander, and Sweden's Human Rights Ambassador, Jan Nordlander, are among those taking part in seminars.

Gunilla Carlsson to meet Iraq's Minister for

Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson is to meet Iraq's Minister of Human Rights Wijdan Mikhail on Thursday 13 November. A press briefing will take place at 13.15 at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Ms Gunilla Carlsson, Mr Thomas Hammarberg and Ms Nyamko Sabuni. Photo: Lisa Sandegård/MFA.
Ms Gunilla Carlsson, Mr Thomas Hammarberg and Ms Nyamko Sabuni. Photo: Lisa Sandegård/MFA.

The Gap between pledges and human rights in reality

The Rights Work! Conference was inaugurated by the Minister for Integration and Gender Equality, Nyamko Sabuni and ended by the Minister for Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson.

Statement by foreign ministers Carl Bildt and David Milliband on Russia

"Russia's disproportionate actions against Georgia in the summer - in clear violation of international law - continue to cast a shadow over the EU's relations with Russia." These are the words of Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and British Foreign Secretary David Milliband in a joint statement. "We believe that the EU should be clear about the basis on which it is resuming the negotiations. We are not returning to business as usual, nor are we turning the page on the conflict in Georgia."