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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Sweden

Published fredag 4 december 2015 kl 09.54
"We've agreed that there's a common problem that both has pull factors and push factors"
(1:55 min)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, Photo: Anders Wiklund / TT
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, Photo: Anders Wiklund / TT

On Friday Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is visiting Sweden, the Asian nation's largest aid donor, to discuss a new refugee repatriation agreement, as well as other issues.

Swedish International Development Cooperation Minister Isabella Lövin was in Afghanistan two weeks ago to prepare for the meeting, and held preliminary discussions with the Afghan government.

Sweden receives many Afghan asylum seekers, many of whom are unaccompanied minors.

The two countries have already signed a repatriation agreement, which the Swedish government now wants to renegotiate. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén and President Ghani will present the guidelines for a new agreement on Friday afternoon in a joint press conference.

Sweden's annual aid package to Afghanistan amounts to SEK 900 million.

At the press conference, President Ghani said that Afghanistan supports sweden's candidacy to the UN Security Council, welcomes the continued engagement of Swedish armed forces in the country and spoke about the push and pull factors of migration.

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