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State Visit from Chile under way
On 10 May, Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet began her State Visit to Sweden. The President is visiting Sweden at the invitation of HM the King. The Visit will last from 10 to 12 May and is the first incoming State Visit from Chile to Sweden.
The purpose of the visit is to broaden and deepen bilateral relations between Chile and Sweden. Swedish companies have long had a strong presence in Chile.
The first day of the State Visit began with an official welcoming ceremony at the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace, as is tradition. Following an inspection of the guard of honour of the Life Guards, the President, the King and the Queen greeted the Speakers of the Riksdag, the Prime Minister and the ministers present.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven then received the President at Rosenbad for talks.
Several memorandums of understanding were signed during the visit to Rosenbad.
Following a visit to Olof Palme's grave at Adolf Fredrik's Cemetery, President Bachelet travelled to Fryshuset where she and the King and Queen were met by the managing director of Fryshuset, Johan Oljeqvist. This part of the visit was also attended by Anja Frey, head of Fryshuset in Stockholm, and Camila Salazar Atìas, responsible for social projects, as well as Stockholm City Commissioner Emilia Bjuggren.
The day ended with a state banquet at the Royal Palace.
In connection with the Chilean State Visit, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Chile's President Michelle Bachelet held a joint press conference.