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An extra SEK 45 million to Syria

The humanitarian crisis in Syria and its neighbouring countries is rapidly escalating. Today, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has decided on a total of SEK 45 million extra support to the Swedish Red Cross and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for their humanitarian operations in the region, according to a press release from Sida.

Accredited Swedish diplomat in Belarus once again

Ministerial Counsellor Martin Åberg has been accredited in Belarus and taken up his position as chargé d'affaires. This means that the Embassy, which has not been manned since the end of August 2012, can reopen to the public in the autumn.

For the time being, visas to Sweden will still be issued by the Estonian Embassy in Minsk, which, along with other EU member state embassies, is also able to provide consular assistance to Swedes.

The Embassy website will be kept up-to-date with information on the types of services the Embassy is able to provide.

Carl Bildt visited Kosovo

Utrikesminister Carl Bildt avslutade på tisdagen sin rundresa på Balkan. Sista anhalt var Kosovo.

Under besöket i Kosovos huvudstad Pristina träffade Bildt landets premiärminister Hashim Thaci och utrikesminister Enver Hoxhaj. Han mötte också företrädare för oppositionen. I likhet med det föregående besöket i Belgrad handlade samtalen i Pristina om den hoppfulla dynamiken i relationerna mellan Serbien och Kosovo, om närmandena till EU och om inrikesförhållandena för ekonomi och politik.

Bildt visited Belgrade

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt's tour of the Balkans continues. Following the celebrations in Zagreb of Croatia's EU accession, Mr Bildt arrived in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Monday afternoon.

In Belgrade he met President Tomislav Nikolic, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Mrkic. Their talks focused primarily on Serbia's negotiations with Kosovo. But other important topics were Serbia's political and economic situation and the EU accession negotiations, which now have a start date.

At midnight on 1 July, Croatia became the 28th Member State of the European Union. Panorama view over Zagreb. Photo: Domagoj BorÅ¡iÄ!

Bildt celebrated Croatia's EU accession

At midnight on 1 July, Croatia became the 28th Member State of the European Union. This historic event was celebrated in the Croatian capital of Zagreb and many other places throughout the country. On Ban Jelacic Square in central Zagreb, thousands of Croats were joined by more than 30 foreign heads of state and government, other ministers and senior representatives of the EU. Sweden was represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.

Foto: Martina Huber Foto: Martina Huber

Welcome to the MFA at Almedalen!

The EU is in focus during the first week of July. The EU's long-term budget was recently approved, and the Union has received a new Member State: Croatia.

The EU is also the main topic of the MFA's seminars at Almedalen. The 'EUphoria' series of seminars promises exciting discussions with Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson and several EU Commissioners, including Cecilia Malmström.
Come and meet us at Almedalen or follow the debates live on the Web.

The MFA is also highlighting Nordic cooperation. Minister for Nordic Cooperation Ewa Björling will join her fellow Nordic ministers to discuss the future of Nordic cooperation.

There will also be a seminar on human rights in Latin America, during which you can meet Eva Zetterberg, Sweden's Ambassador in Chile, among others.

Place: All our seminars will be held at the Sverige i världen (Sweden in the world) meeting venue on Donnersgatan 6. Right next to Almedalen park.

Iraq's Minister for Foreign Affairs to visit Sweden

Iraq's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hoshyar Zebari, will visit Sweden on 26-30 June as part of a European tour. Mr Zebari will meet Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström and State Secretary Gunnar Oom. He will also visit the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. A press conference is taking place on Friday 28 June at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Minister for Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson and Mozambique's Minister of Mineral Resources Esperança Bias. Photo: Maria Parent/MFA Minister for Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson and Mozambique's Minister of Mineral Resources Esperança Bias. Photo: Maria Parent/MFA

Gunilla Carlsson met Mozambique's Esperança Bias

Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson met Mozambique's Minister of Mineral Resources Esperança Bias at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The agenda included how Mozambique's growing extractive industry can contribute to inclusive growth and reduced poverty, and how Swedish companies can support the country's development.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt to Luxembourg

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will be in Luxembourg on 24-25 June. Today he will attend the Foreign Affairs Council, where EU foreign ministers meet, and tomorrow the General Affairs Council, which is meeting to discuss EU enlargement.
In the Foreign Affairs Council, EU foreign ministers will discuss action by the EU in response to the Arab Spring. The foreign ministers will also discuss, and possibly make decisions concerning, Syria and the EU's continued action.
Mr Bildt will also be attending the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Agenda items include the long-term budget, the Western Balkans, and preparations ahead of the European Council on 27-28 June.

Minister for Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson on World Refugee Day. Minister for Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson on World Refugee Day.

Syria in focus on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day 20 June focus was very much on the conflict in Syria, which in a short period of time has led to a refugee crisis of enormous proportions. The UN puts the number of Syrians in need of humanitarian aid at 6.8 million, which is one third of that nation's entire population. The number of refugees in neighbouring countries has increased to more than 1.6 million.