Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan. Photo: Johan Lundahl/Försvarsmakten

Swedish participation in the mission in Afghanistan to be extended

Sweden's participation in NATO's training and advice mission, RSM, in Afghanistan is to be extended until 31 December 2020. The Swedish force on location in Afghanistan will consist of a maximum of 50 persons. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in the Parliamentary Debate on Foreign Affairs 2019. Photo: Anders Löwdin

Foreign policy debate

The foreign policy debate was held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 13 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party) introduced the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy. The parties represented in the Riksdag then debated their view of foreign policy. The foreign policy debate takes place once a year and is divided into two parts. In the first part, one representative from each party participates. In the second half of the debate, the members who would like to speak are given the opportunity to take the floor. The first part of the debate was interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service.

This year’s first debate between party leaders

The first party leader debate of the year took place on Wednesday 30 January at 9 a.m. During the debate, representatives from the parties in the Riksdag had the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. The debate was interpreted into sign language and English. It can be viewed on demand via the Riksdag webcast service.

Continued Swedish participation in military operations in Iraq

Sweden will continue to participate in the current military training efforts in Iraq in 2019.

Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq to be extended

Swedish participation in NATO's training and advice mission, the Resolute Support Mission, in Afghanistan is to be extended. Sweden will also continue to participate in the current military training efforts in Iraq in 2019.