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President of Georgia visits Kingdom of Sweden

On October 29-31, President of Georgia H.E. Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili paid official visit to the Kingdom of Sweden. In the framework of the visit, on 30 October President Saakashvili held meetings with First Vice-Speaker of Riksdag Mr. Jan Björkman and the leadership and members of Foreign Affairs, EU and Defense Committees. Prime Minister of Sweden Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt hosted a lunch for the president of Georgia, which was followed by tête-ჭ-tête talks. The business component of the programme consisted of the meetings with the CEOs of the key Swedish companies and visit to the headquarters of Swedish telecommunication giant "Ericsson". An Intergovernmental Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments was signed during the visit, which can be viewed as an important step towards strengthening bilateral economic cooperation.

On 31 August, the audience with the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustav and the official welcoming ceremony took part in the Royal Palace.

The following issues were discussed during bilateral talks: Swedish-Georgian relations, strengthening of inter-parliamentary relations, the Nordic-Baltic regional cooperation with the Black Sea region, new perspectives and the importance of the upcoming EU Presidency of Sweden, Russian-Georgian relations and the Russian aggression against Georgia in August 2008 and elimination of consequences of the war.

On 30 October, President Saakashvili delivered a lecture at the Swedish Foreign Policy Institute. The lecture was attended by political circles, diplomatic corps accredited to Sweden, political analysts and journalists. The main theme of the lecture was "Georgia after the Invasion: Challenges and Opportunities”.

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