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Nordic Ministers on Afghanistan

Published onsdag 28 oktober 2009 kl 15.23
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt

The Swedish Foreign Minister has been discussing foreign policy and security with his Nordic colleagues at the annual Nordic Council meeting taking this time here in Stockholm at the Swedish Parliament.

Foreign policy used to be a tabu subject at this rotating Nordic meetings because of the different alliances  – with Denmark, Norway and Iceland as members of the western military alliance NATO, and both Finland and Sweden non aligned, and with 3 Nordic nations in the European Union while Norway, Iceland and Danish-ruled Greenland remain outside.

But the Nordic foreign ministers insist here in Stockholm that Nordic co-operation in security questions and international peace keeping operations has never been stronger.

Non-aligned Finland and Sweden share military duties in northern Afghanstan – a region no longer as quiet as it once was, worrying public opinion at home.

At a Stockholm press conference at the Swedish Parliament building, all the Nordic foreign ministers condemned the latest suicide bombing in Kabul killing United Nation’s civilians.

Speaking with Radio Sweden, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt confirms continued Swedish military presence in Afghanistan despite the bombings:

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