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Swedish FM makes first visit to Finland

The trip comes just days after Sweden voted to form a new government.

Tobias Billström ja Pekka Haavisto.
Swedish foreign minister Tobias Billström, left, met Finnish foreign minister, right, Pekka Haavisto (Green) in Helsinki on Friday. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva
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Sweden's new foreign minister, Tobias Billström visited Finland for his first time in office on Friday.

Billström discussed foreign and security policy issues with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (Green) in Helsinki.

Among the topics discussed were the war in Ukraine and the Nordic countries' bids to join Nato.

In a joint press conference with the two foreign ministers, both emphasised that Hungary appears poised to green light their applications with no obstacles preventing them.

Billström was appointed foreign minister of the right-wing coalition government led by new Swedish prime minister Ulf Kristersson on Tuesday.

Billström added that it was "very good news" that Kristersson will meet with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to resolve the grievances that Ankara has against Stockholm joining the military alliance.

Haavisto did not directly say whether Finland and Turkey intend to meet, but he explained that ministers from both countries have been in contact.

The Swedish government includes the moderate coalition, the Christian Democrats and the liberals. The Sweden Democrats, the biggest winner of the Swedish parliamentary elections, is outside government but has agreed to support it in parliament.

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