Afghanistan troop discussions continue
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt are to meet opposition leader Mona Sahlin Tuesday for more talks on the future of Swedish troops in Afghanistan.
The Swedish government want to keep the troops in the Middle Eastern country for as long as they are necessary, but don't have a majority in parliament, so have to make a deal with the red-green opposition. The Social Democrats, Greens and Left parties want to start pulling the troops out as soon as next year.
Representatives of seven of Sweden's eight major political parties held talks Monday afternoon in advance of Tuesday's negotiations, reports news agency TT. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats were not invited, they want the troops to be out of Afghanistan by 2014.
There will be a parliamentary vote on the issue at the beginning of next month.