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US Secretary of Defence expressed strong support for Sweden’s NATO application

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On 18 May, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin in Washington DC to discuss Sweden’s application for NATO membership and the security environment in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Peter Hultqvist and Lloyd Austin standing outside surrounded by soldiers and a Swedish flag.
Peter Hultqvist and Lloyd Austin at the meeting in Washington DC. Photo: Toni Eriksson/Government Offices of Sweden

During their meeting, which took place at the invitation of the Pentagon, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin also discussed Swedish-American bilateral cooperation.

“Sweden and the US have a longstanding defence cooperation and US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin expressed strong support for both Sweden’s and Finland’s application for NATO membership,” says Mr Hultqvist.

Mr Hultqvist travelled to Washington DC on Monday 16 May. The following day, he met with members of the US Congress. In connection with the meeting with Lloyd Austin, M Hultqvist also met with US Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall and US Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro.