Sweden – Meetings between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Amélie de Montchalin with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde (Paris, 10 Mar. 20)

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Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will host Ann Linde, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, today. Their meeting will cover current issues relating to the crises in Syria, the Sahel, Iran, the Middle East and Ukraine, as well as developments in the COVID-19 epidemic. They will also discuss European defense, specifically the European Defence Fund and the European Intervention Initiative. Questions of European digital sovereignty, particularly cybersecurity and 5G, will also be addressed.

Following that meeting, Ms. Linde will be received by Amélie de Montchalin, minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Their meeting will cover European issues, specifically the EU’s future relationship with the United Kingdom and the EU adhesion process for the countries of the Western Balkans. The ministers will also discuss bilateral cooperation on promoting women’s rights, and in particular, Sweden’s participation in the Generation Equality Forum to be held in Paris on July 7-8, and the joint strategy to combat human trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation.

The bilateral relationship between France and Sweden is multifaceted. We share with Sweden the vision of an international order based on multilateralism, respect for the rule of law and democracy. Sweden is one of France’s key partners on a large very number of international issues.