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Saudi Arabia

Secret Swedish-Saudi Arabia project revealed

Published onsdag 25 april 2012 kl 10.24
Further collaborations between Sweden and Saudi Arabia revealed. Photo: Scanpix. Montage: Swedish Radio.

Details of a 25 year old collaboration between Sweden and Saudi Arabia were revealed on Wednesday. The project involved the building of reservoirs used to store fuel during wartime and other national crises.

According to the daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, Swedish expert knowledge on building the underground reservoirs was supplied by the Swedish Fortifications Agency.

The project was started during Olof Palme's time as prime minister in the seventies, and up until 2009 the Agency continued to support the building of Saudi Arabia's fuel reservoirs.

Both Social Democrat and Moderate governments have approved the project throughout the years, but very little information about it has been released publicly.

Karl-Erik Hagström from the Swedish Fortifications Agency told Svenska Dagbladet that the project has not been purposefully kept secret.

"I would not say the project is secret, but it is not something we have spoken about much in Sweden. We need to respect military secrecy", he says.

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