Carl Bildt presents the Foreign Policy statement

Bildt Paints A Dark Picture Of The World

Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt says 2009 will be an ”incredibly tough year” not only for the Swedish economy but also on the International political stage.

In his annual presentation to parliament of the Government’s Foreign Policy priorities and views , Bildt said that 2009 would be a year of ”significant political and economic challenges, bigger and more widespread than for many years.” He said that the year could be one of ”crisis management.”

This year’s policy statement was shaped by Sweden’s upcoming Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2009. The Foreign Minister said that Sweden’s EU presidency would deal with the political effects of the economic crisis as well as the growing uncertainty from Palastine to the Punjab in India.

Bildt said that many of the current global challenges could be met through international cooperation, and through the EU in particular. The main challenges that Sweden and the EU face in the area of Foreign policy are putting in place a global climate policy promoting international law, democracy and human rights ,developing the EU as a global actor ,creating an EU Baltic Sea strategy, contributing to the continued enlargement of the EU ,dealing with ongoing and unexpected crises, strengthening transatlantic cooperation.

As regards Sweden’s own security stance, the Foreign Minister would only say that Sweden’s security policy remains firmly in place and that there is a will for deeper Nordic cooperation in the area of security and defence policy.

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