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New era of American - Nordic co-operation as Obama and the Nordic leaders condemn use of chemical weapons in Syria

Thursday, 05 September 2013
President Obama visiting Sweden had the chance to meet with the leaders and head of governments of the 5 Nordic in Stockholm where they had dinner together and emerged with a joint statement strongly condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Nordic leaders and Obama
The Photo: Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, as well as Prime Minister of Iceland, David Gunnlaugsson /

The five Nordic countries and the United States create what is being described as a common security dialogue which will be happening annually in meetings to discuss opportunities for cooperation on global and regional security issues.

The focus will primarily be on the issues raised in the UN and include preventive diplomacy and peace - building. It is called "U.S. Nordic Security Dialogue" also aim to jointly try to stabilize weak and conflict-affected states.

"As far as the support for a possible U.S. attack on Syria, I pointed out that we in the Nordic countries believe that this should go through the UN," said Fredrik Reinfeldt to SVT.

In the four-page text of the agreement, the countries found a strong partnership based on shared values such as democracy, human rights, the rule of law and a market economy.

The other area the leader agreed to work on are things associated with climate change and energy security. 
by Team

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