Source: Government of Sweden
Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist meets with Britain’s Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin in London on 11 March. The agenda includes discussing regional security in Northern Europe, the joint Future Combat Air Systems Cooperation (FCASC), the defence cooperation Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) and the upcoming Swedish defence exercise Aurora 20. Peter Hultqvist will also be the keynote speaker at the conference “A New Era of Strategic Competition” at the think tank Chatham House.
Sweden and the UK have a defence policy cooperation in several areas. Common interests include, for example, security in the Baltic Sea region and cooperation in peacekeeping operations. Sweden and the UK also have significant defence material cooperation and signed an agreement in July 2019 on Future Combat Air Systems Cooperation.
During the bilateral meeting in London on March 11, the ministers will discuss several ongoing projects between the countries, including the development of the British-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), which in addition to Sweden also includes Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Norway. JEF is an important element of the security network in Northern Europe. JEF strengthens the national military capabilities as well as the interoperability between involved nations.
The ministers will also discuss work following the agreement on joint development on the Future Combat Air Systems Cooperation project FCASC signed in July 2019, as well as international operations.
During his visit to London, Peter Hultqvist will also attend a conference at the Chatham House, under the theme “A New Era of Strategic Competition”, where the Swedish Minister for Defence will give the opening speech and will participate in a discussion on the European security architecture.
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