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Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist met defence ministers from Germany and the Nordic countries
On 18 June, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met German Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the defence ministers of the Nordic countries via video link. From Denmark Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen took part, from Norway Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen and from Finland Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen.
Issues discussed during the meeting included security in the region, the transatlantic link and the coming German Presidency of the EU.
“I welcome the fact that Germany’s defence minister initiated a meeting of the Nordic defence ministers. We share common interests concerning the security situation in northern Europe,” says Mr Hultqvist.
Earlier in June, Mr Hultqvist met Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer via video link to discuss bilateral defence cooperation, the security situation in northern Europe and security issues in the context of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Joint international missions in Mali and Afghanistan were also discussed.
Germany and Sweden have a long tradition of defence cooperation. In June 2017, Sweden’s and Germany’s defence ministers signed a joint declaration of intent to deepen and increase cooperation between the countries.
“Germany is an important actor and partner to Sweden not only in Europe, but also in the Baltic Sea region. We have good and well-developed cooperation that both countries would like to further expand,” says Mr Hultqvist.