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Saudi weapons affair

Trade Minister approved Saudi weapons deal

Published torsdag 19 april 2012 kl 18.29

Swedish Trade Minister Ewa Björling approved the involvement of the  national Defence Research Agency (FOI) in a secret weapons project with Saudi Arabia, according to official documents obtained by Swedish Radio News.

As acting Prime Minister in the summer of 2009, Björling decided to let FOI found a dummy company, SSTI, that would provide know-how and expertise in the project.

At the same time, the set-up would hide Sweden’s assistance in developing a weapons factory in the Saudi desert.

"There is no scoop in the fact that I was acting Prime Minister during that summer," Björling told TT after Swedish Radio News uncovered more information about her involvement in the case on Thursday.

"This government decision was about allowing FOI to carry out consulting work for a Saudi authority. SSTI is not mentioned in the text," Björling said.

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