US Deputy Secretary of Defence visited Sweden

US Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work visited Sweden on 26–27 April. State Secretary Jan Salestrand hosted the visit, whose theme was regional security. The visit included bilateral talks, meetings with the Nordic and Baltic state secretaries and visits to the F17 Wing in Kallinge and the Karlskrona Naval Base.

US Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji together with State Secretary Salestrand and Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work
US Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji together with State Secretary Salestrand and Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work. Photo: Marcus Björkman/Government Offices of Sweden

On 26 April, State Secretary Jan Salestrand met US Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work at Karlberg Palace in Stockholm. After a bilateral meeting, they jointly hosted a Nordic-Baltic State Secretaries meeting, where discussions centred on the changing security policy situation in the Baltic Sea region and how regional security and defence cooperation can be developed. Other topics included the fight against Daesh (ISIL) and developments in Syria and the Mediterranean region.

Enhanced Swedish capability

On 27 April, Deputy Secretary of Defence Work and State Secretary Salestrand, together with US Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Micael Bydén, visited the F17 Wing in Kallinge and the Karlskrona Naval Base. The State Secretaries received a presentation of the F17 Wing and the Air Force's new Helicopter 14.

In Karlskrona they visited the HMS Karlstad corvette and Saab's submarine shipyard.

- In Sweden, there is broad political consensus that closer cooperation in the region and with the United States is essential to enhance Swedish capability, says Mr Salestrand.