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Foreign Minister Tobias Billström takes part in the meeting of NATO foreign ministers

On April 4-5, Foreign Minister Tobias Billström traveled to Brussels to participate in the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The meeting aims to prepare for the NATO summit in Vilnius in July this year. On the agenda is NATO’s adaptation to security policy challenges, support for Ukraine and deepening cooperation with partners.

– As a future member of NATO, it is important for us to contribute to the work of the Alliance. Sweden is safer in NATO, says Foreign Minister Tobias Bjöllström, and NATO will also be safer with Sweden as a full member.

– It is gratifying that almost all steps have been taken to accept Finland as a member of NATO. But as Finland said, their membership is not complete until Sweden also becomes a member. The government will now work hard to ensure that Sweden also becomes a member, and our goal remains for Sweden to be a member of NATO in connection with the summit in Vilnius, said Foreign Minister Billström.

Foreign Minister Billström will participate in all working sessions where current security policy issues are discussed. The NATO foreign ministers will, among other things, prepare several issues that will be on the agenda of the summit in Vilnius in July.

Ukraine will participate as a partner country in the so-called NATO-Ukraine Commission and will be represented by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. NATO’s strategic partners in the Asia-Pacific region – Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea – also take part in parts of the meeting.

During the NATO Summit in Madrid in June 2022, Sweden is officially invited to NATO. When the Foreign Minister’s meeting takes place on April 4-5, 28 of the 30 NATO members have endorsed Sweden’s application for NATO membership, demonstrating the strong support Sweden has received for its application. The meeting will be another opportunity for the foreign minister to discuss Sweden’s future membership in NATO.

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