NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana; Florence Parly (Minister of the Armed Forces, France); Lubomir Metnar (Minister of Defence, Czech Republic); Peter Hultqvist (Minister of Defence, Sweden.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chaired the meeting, which also saw participation from Finnish Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. The discussions focused on EU-NATO cooperation and how these organisations can support and strengthen each other to tackle common security challenges.

Bilateral Meeting with Czech Minister of Defence

Peter Hultqvist also met with Czech Minister of Defence Lubomir Metnar during the visit in Brussels. Hultqvist confirmed that Sweden has accepted a Czech invitation to be Special Partner Nation at the NATO Days in Ostrava in September 2020.

– I am pleased to announce that Sweden has accepted the Czech invitation to be Special Partner Nation at the NATO Days in Ostrava 19-20 September 2020. The NATO Days in Ostrava and the Czech Air Force Day are the most important event in Central and Eastern Europe showcasing NATO’s cooperation with partners outside the Alliance. It is a central meeting point for a broad dialogue on defence cooperation, in which Sweden has participated for many years, says Peter Hultqvist.

Agreement on Munition Supply

In conjunction with the NATO meeting, Sweden and the Czech Republic signed an agreement that affiliates the countries to a NATO Smart Defence initiative on munition supply. The agreement, Land Battle Decisive Munitions (LBDM), currently led by France, makes it possible for participating countries to jointly acquire and warehouse a wide range of land munitions. For Sweden, joining LBDM is an opportunity for effective acquisition and increased security of supply of munitions within the land domain.