Obama visit

Danish PM to raise NSA spying with Obama

Ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Sweden, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said she plans to raise the issue of US surveillance of EU officials, reports news agency TT.

“We have always said that the EU should ask for an answer from the Americans and that it should get a reply,” she told Danish newspaper Berligske, referring to revelations from the former NSA and CIA analyst Edward Snowden that the US had carried out an extensive spying operation on the organization.

“Of course I will mention that to the president.”

The Danish prime minister will attend a meeting of Nordic leaders with President Obama on Wednesday evening.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently said Sweden had no plans to raise the issue.

Thorning-Schmidt said she would also offer Danish support for planned US military action in Syria, according to news agency Ritzau.

“We will let the Americans know they have a very close ally they can count on,” she said.

President Obama is expected to land in Stockholm by 10:30 am on Wednesday morning and will meet with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt before going on to visit Stockholm’s synagogue and the Royal Institute of Technology. A press conference is planned for 2:30 pm.

Reinfeldt told news agency TT that the most controversial issue for discussion would be negotiations over a planned EU-US free trade agreement. He ruled out raising the question of Gauntanamo Bay prison which he said he had already raised with the US.

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