STOCKHOLM, Sweden — U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), visited Sweden from May 10-11 on the invitation of the Chief of Defense of the Swedish Armed Forces, Gen. Sverker Göranson.
While there he met with the State Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr. Gustav Lind, and the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Frank Belfrage.
At the beginning of his tenure as SACEUR in July 2009, Stavridis declared his intention to pay a visit to all partner and NATO countries and he continued to fulfil this goal with this trip to Sweden
"Sweden's participation in missions is superb," Stavridis told Swedish media. "Just one example. Currently there are 500 troops operating in one of the most successful Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan. Sweden has been in Afghanistan for nearly 30 years and has been very engaged on the civilian side. There is a deep understanding of Afghanistan in Sweden and that leads towards the integration of civil and military activities.”
Stavridis expressed his gratitude for the warm and enthusiastic welcome and emphasized that he was particularly pleased with the productive talks and positive impressions he would be taking home from this visit.