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NATO Secretary General to visit Sweden and Finland
On 25–27 October, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the NAC – NATO’s principal political decision-making body – will visit Sweden and Finland which are partners to NATO.
The North Atlantic Council (NAC), the principal political decision-making body within NATO, where every member country is represented by an ambassador, conducts a number of international visits every year. The NAC is chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. NAC visits are made to member countries of the Alliance and to partner countries. A NAC visit to Sweden and Finland will take place on 25–27 October. The visit will begin in Finland on 25 October and continue in Sweden on 26–27 October.
The programme includes discussions on security developments in Finland’s and Sweden’s neighbourhood and on the countries’ close partnership with NATO. The visit will also highlight the close security cooperation between Finland and Sweden, not least in the defence area. It will also offer an insight into Sweden’s efforts to enhance its military and civil defence within the total defence framework.
“I am delighted that I will have the opportunity next week to welcome NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the NATO countries’ ambassadors to Sweden. Our partnership is an important part of Sweden’s security and defence policy, and the visit is a natural part of this partnership. The visit gives Sweden and Finland an opportunity to share our views on the situation in our neighbourhood, our close bilateral cooperation and security developments more broadly,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde, who will host the visit to Sweden.
“The security situation in our part of Europe has deteriorated over time. This is why we have shifted from international operations to national defence. Sweden’s defence policy rests on two pillars: increased national military capabilities and deepened military cooperation with other countries and organisations. Our cooperation with Finland and Sweden’s and Finland’s partnership with NATO contribute to stability, predictability and increased security,” says Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.
The programme also includes meetings with HM The King, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the Riksdag, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Home Affairs. The Delegation will also visit SWENEX – the Swedish naval exercise, which Finland is participating in and is an example of the enhanced cooperation between Sweden and Finland. Finnish Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen will take part in this segment of the programme.
A number of media activities will take place in connection with the visit. A press invitation to these activities will be issued on Monday 25 October.
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