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Discussions on the challenges of the West was at focus during the Munich Security Conference 2020

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Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist attended the Munich Security Conference (MSC) from 14 to 16 February. This year’s theme was “Is the world becoming less Western?”.

  • Peter Hultqvist seated at a table.

    Peter Hultqvist message to Ukrainian MPs in Munich: ”We can never accept Russias illegal annexation of Crimea & military aggression in eastern Ukraine”.

    Phot: Per Thöresson/Government Offices

  • State Secretary Niels Annen and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

    Minister Hultqvist met with State Secretary Niels Annen for discussions on Swedish-German cooperation in the security and defence area.

    Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Officies

  • SACEUR Tod Wolters and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

    Minister Hultqvist bilateral met with SACEUR Tod Wolters and discussed the upcoming Swedish exercise Aurora 20 and US-SE cooperation.

    Photo: Per Thöresson/Government Offices

  • Canadas Defence Minister Harjiit Sing Sajjan and Peter Hultqvist.

    Canadas Defence Minister Harjiit Sing Sajjan and Peter Hultqvist met for discussions on the Arctic, UN peacekeeping operations and bilateral cooperation.

    Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Offices

  • OSSE Secretery General Thomas Greminger and  Peter Hultqvist

    OSSE Secretery General Thomas Greminger met with Peter Hultqvist to discuss Swedens priorities during the OSSE chairmanship.

    Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Offices

  • Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds andMinister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, with issues discussed on regional security, defence material cooperation and UN peacekeeping.

    Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Offices

  • Anna Bijleveld-Schouten and Peter Hultqvist.

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with his Dutch colleague Bijleveld-Schouten. Issues on regional security and furthering bilateral cooperation were discussed.

    Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Offices

Around 500 leaders attended the 56th Munich Security Conference 2020. Among the participants including heads of state and government, foreign and defence ministers, were the ministers for defence from United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Baltic countries and Finland.

Minister for defence Peter Hultqvist participated in three panels on the security situation in Ukraine, on military capability gaps between the western countries and on cyber security. Peter Hultqvist also held several bilateral meetings with defence minister collegues such as with Australia, Canada, Latvia and Lithuania.

The Munich Security Conference is a yearly forum for debating international security policy. It is a venue for diplomatic initiatives to address the world's most pressing security concerns.