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Barack Obama to visit Sweden

On Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 September, US President Barack Obama will visit Sweden at the invitation of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. It will be the first time an incumbent US president has paid a bilateral visit to Sweden.

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Carl Bildt on the situation in Egypt

The violent situation in parts of Egypt sparked a reaction from several countries yesterday. Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter: I condemn the killings and the violence in Egypt now. Main responsibility with regime forces. Extremely hard to restore political process.

Hague to visit Sweden

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague will visit Sweden on 28-29 August. The invitation for the visit was formally offered by Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt in a Twitter conversation with Mr Hague today.

Besides holding bilateral discussions, the two ministers will also make a joint appearance at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. In addition, Mr Hague will speak at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs annual Meeting of Swedish Ambassadors.

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Sweden is taking a proactive role in international LGBT efforts

Stockholm Pride is now in full swing and the Government Offices is represented in the Pride area at Östermalms IP. Sweden has long played a proactive role in strengthening and defending LGBT people's enjoyment of their human rights, both internationally and in individual countries. In the article below you can read more about our work for LGBT people's rights.

Negotiations on free trade area between EU and Georgia concluded

The EU and Georgia concluded negotiations on the creation of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) on 22 July 2013, following 17 months of intensive negotiations.
"The agreement represents a major step forward for the trade relations with one of the EU's Eastern Partnership countries and gives Sweden a strategically important opportunity to increase exports and direct investments in Georgia," observes Minister for Trade Ewa Björling.
Similar negotiations with its neighbour Armenia were concluded on 24 July.

Government opens the way for aid to Myanmar (Burma)

The Government today adopted a new strategy for Swedish aid to Myanmar (Burma). Previously, Sweden has only provided aid in individual cases of humanitarian need, but in response to the positive political developments in Myanmar recently, the Government is now adopting a more long-term strategy for more extensive development assistance.

Gunilla Carlsson together with Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund. Photo: Evin Khaffaf/MFA

Executive Director of Global Fund visits Gunilla Carlsson

Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria visited Stockholm on Monday at the invitation of Gunilla Carlsson. Apart from the Minister for International Development Cooperation, he also met members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, researchers and business and civil society representatives.

Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on developments in Egypt

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, made today a statement on developments in Egypt. She said: "I am following closely developments in Egypt and am fully aware of the deep divisions in society, popular demands for political change and efforts at brokering a compromise. I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and complete its democratic transition."

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.