Joint statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist

A treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons was adopted at the UN General Assembly in July this year. Sweden has long been active on the issue of nuclear disarmament. This is why it is important for the Government to support the UN’s work on a treaty of this kind. We will soon appoint an inquiry to look into all of the consequences of the treaty, including for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and Sweden’s defence policy cooperation. The forms for this inquiry will be presented shortly.

Sweden’s security policy remains firmly in place. Our non-participation in military alliances serves us well. National defence capability will be strengthened while our defence and security policy cooperation continues to be developed. Our foreign and security policy works through diplomacy, mediation, conflict prevention and trust-building measures. This increases Sweden’s ability to promote détente and stability both in our neighbourhood and globally.