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EU Heads of mission meeting with Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (Stockholm, 16 October 2015)

Published Saturday October 17 2015

On 16 October the Luxembourg EU chairmanship had convened a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Sweden, Margot Wallström. Participants heard the Minister speak on the migration crisis, including with regard to the specifics of the Swedish approach, the situation in Syria, the developments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia in the wake of the “Arab Spring”, the conflict between Israel and Palestine, the Ukrainian crisis as well as the tense relationship between the Russian Federation and the European Union and its member States. Minister Wallstöm also addressed the major UN conferences scheduled during the second semester of 2015 (Addis-Ababa on the financing of development, New York on the sustainable development goals (SDG) and Paris/COP21 on climate change). The chief of the Swedish diplomacy furthermore emphasised the importance of the fifteenth anniversary of UNSC resolution 1325 on gender equality and women’s rights and underlined that gender equality was a cornerstone of the Swedish government’s foreign policy. Heads of Mission seized the opportunity to engage in a frank and thorough discussion with a most committed and convincing member of government.