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Sweden at the NATO summit

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will be speaking at the NATO summit in Chicago Monday. Sweden is not part of the Western military alliance, but is a member of its Partnership for Peace program, and Reinfeldt will hold the opening speech among the PFP countries.

Afghanistan is expected to be a major issue at the meeting. Writing in the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet Monday morning, Reinfeldt, along with Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Defence Minister Karin Engström, say international cooperation with Afghanistan must continue after the 2014 troop withdrawal.

They point out that Sweden has provided assistance to Afghanistan for thirty years, and will continue to do so. By 2014 Afghanistan is expected to be the largest recipient of Swedish aid.

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