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Jobs and security in focus when Stefan Löfven visited the United States
Growth, innovation, job creation and security were on the agenda when Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and US President Donald Trump held talks at the White House in Washington DC.
The aim of the meeting on 6 March was to further deepen relations between Sweden and the United States. Another important area of discussion was Sweden–US cooperation in external relations, defence and security.
Following the talks, Mr Löfven and Mr Trump held a joint press conference at the White House. "As we celebrate 200 years of diplomatic relations, we are also planning for shared prosperity and security for many, many years to come," said Mr Löfven, who also stated that Sweden builds security by building ties.
"Sweden is a great country"
Mr Trump said that Sweden is a great country that the US has cooperated with for about 200 years. "Our relations have never been better," said Mr Trump, who also said that Swedes are terrific people.
Mr Löfven is the first European head of government to meet the US President since he announced his intention to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium. "I am convinced that increased tariffs will hurt us all in the long run, and as a Swede I of course support the efforts of the European Union to achieve trade with as few obstacles as possible," said Mr Löfven.
Following the press conference, the Swedish Embassy in Washington hosted a reception to celebrate 200 years of diplomatic relations between Sweden and the United States.
Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg, who also took part in the visit, had a meeting with US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on 6 March.