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Swedish-Portuguese defence ministers meeting


A bilateral meeting via video link was held on 16 November between Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and Portugal’s Minister of National Defence João Gomes Cravinho. The agenda included regional security, the Sahel and bilateral cooperation.

Portugal will hold the Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2021, and Mr Cravinho outlined his country’s priorities for the Presidency.

The discussions also covered regional security in Europe and the operations in the Sahel, in which Sweden and Portugal are both participating. The two ministers also discussed areas in which bilateral relations could be deepened.

Mr Hultqvist also outlined the contents of the Defence Bill for his Portuguese colleague, along with the initiatives proposed by the Government for the coming five-year period.