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UK Foreign Secretary visit Sweden

A press conference will be held in connection with the joint appearance of Mr Hague and Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt at a seminar at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs on 29 August.

Journalists who are not already registered for the seminar via the Swedish Institute of International Affairs may register for the press conference via Press Secretary Erik Zsiga.

Olof Skoog. Photo: Per Arnsäter, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union

The EU's man in Jakarta

Olof Skoog will soon be leaving his high-ranking position as Permanent Chair of the EU Political and Security Committee to become the EU's Ambassador to Indonesia. Why? And what does he see as the EU's role in foreign policy? Meet Olof Skoog in an interview about Europe's place in the world.

Barack Obama. Foto: whitehouse.gov

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.

Photo: Jonathan Rashad/Flickr (cc)

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.

Photo: Michael Kazarnowicz/Flickr (cc)

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."