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Why America wants to be allies with Sweden

Published fredag 19 maj kl 17.18
Anna Wieslander: It's about the defence of the Baltics.
(2:36 min)
Sweden's Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist met US Secretary of Defence James Mattis.
Sweden's Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist met US Secretary of Defence James Mattis. Credit: TT

Sweden was warmly welcomed by America's Secretary of Defence this week. The former general of the Marines, James Mattis, said that Sweden is an ally and the USA would stand with Sweden if there was an attack.

But why is the USA so eager to declare Sweden an ally?

The Social Democrat-led government is proudly "alliance-free" and spends less than the Nato minimum of 2 percent of GDP on defence.

The Swedish Atlantic Committee is a group that works for closer Swedish-US ties. Anna Wieslander at the committee says there are strong reasons for the USA to want to be close to Sweden.

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