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Minister for Foreign Affairs to host OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm
On 2–3 December, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde will host 56 of her foreign minister colleagues in Stockholm at the annual OSCE Ministerial Council.
The Council will be held in Stockholm as Sweden is Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2021. The participants will include foreign ministers from North America, Europe and Central Asia, including Russia and the United States. The meeting will be held at a time of major security policy challenges.
“Cooperation within the OSCE has an important role to play in identifying sustainable solutions to crises and conflicts that also impact security in Sweden’s neighbourhood. The common principles and commitments of the OSCE participating States are more important than ever in terms of addressing the challenges in our region of the world and preventing new crises and conflicts from arising,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde.
The OSCE Ministerial Council is an important opportunity for the foreign ministers from the 57 OSCE participating States to meet and discuss a wide range of issues facing the region. The important recurring issues include the political crises and unresolved conflicts in the OSCE region, not least the developments in and around Ukraine, the southern Caucasus and Moldova. As Chair, Sweden is working to make the Council a catalyst to motivate participating States to make stronger commitments on priority issues such as women’s economic empowerment and climate and security.