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Statement by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on the inauguration of US President Joe Biden

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Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, 20 January 2021

Today, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris as Vice President. I warmly congratulate President Biden and Vice President Harris. The Swedish Government looks forward to close cooperation with their administration.

The Presidential election campaign and the period thereafter have been dramatic. The storming of the Capitol was an assault on democracy that showed what polarisation, populism and extremism can lead to – even in well-establish democracies. At the same time, it is important to note that, in the end, democracy and the rule of law proved stronger than the forces that attempted to overturn the election results: the US institutions fulfilled their constitutional roles in the election process, and the new President has now been installed.

President Biden is facing several major challenges, not least with regard to the pandemic and the economy. The difficult task of uniting a divided country is something the President must do together with US society as a whole. I know Joe Biden from his time as Vice President, and I am certain that he is the right person for this job. The importance of unifying the nation and looking forward were also key themes in President Biden’s inaugural address.

Our relations with the United States are of central importance to Sweden, including for our security and prosperity. The Swedish Government sees great opportunities for further broadening and deepening the excellent cooperation between our countries, not least concerning multilateralism, democracy, new technologies and security in our neighbourhood. In the wake of the pandemic and climate change, Sweden and the United States can, together with others, lead a green transition that creates jobs for the future.

I look forward to close cooperation with President Biden and his administration. We have an important and shared task ahead of us – for democracy, peace, security, prosperity, the climate and multilateralism.