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First bilateral visit of a US President to Sweden

Published onsdag 4 september 2013 kl 17.26
Radio Sweden's Kris Boswell reports from the Obama Reinfeldt press conference
(6:44 min)
President Barack Obama and Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/Scanpix

The first American president in power to visit Sweden brought a day with talk of environment and human rights, and the war in Syria i particular.

At a press conference earlier in the day, he called Sweden a "close partner" and talked at length about Syria. And at a visit to the Great Synagogue in Stockholm, where he went to honour the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, the allusions to Syria where clear, the news agency AP reports. He said: "Because he refused to stand by, Wallenberg reminds us of our power when we choose not simply to bear witness, but also to act."

President Obama ended the day with a dinner with the leaders of the Nordic nations. A little earlier thousands of demonstrators were protesting in central Stockholm against the US use of drones, and US surveillance.

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