Sweden Ministry for Foreign Affairs Gunilla Carlsson to travel to Liberia and Tunisia to discuss economic development, humanitarian support and democracy issues

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, February 17, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On Monday 20 February, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson will arrive in Liberia for bilateral talks with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – one of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates – and Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs Amara Konneh, to discuss political and economic developments in the country. Ms Carlsson will also meet representatives of the business sector and have a meeting with another of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Leymah Gbowee.

To take a closer look at the humanitarian support Sweden contributes – including through the UN – Ms Carlsson will also visit the Zwedru refugee camp in Liberia, which is close to the border with Côte d’Ivoire. Sweden contributed over SEK 67 million in humanitarian aid to Liberia in 2011, which makes Sweden the fifth largest donor.

Ms Carlsson will then travel to Tunisia to spend a few days having bilateral talks with Prime Minister Hamal Jebali, Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafik Abdessalem, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Riadh Bettaieb, her direct counterpart, and others. The visit is the first Swedish ministerial visit since the revolution and since the new government took office in December 2011. The purpose of the visit is to cement the bilateral relations between Tunisia and Sweden and to discuss Tunisia’s role in the region. During the transition, Sweden has contributed to significant involvement by multilateral organisations, particularly the EU and the UN. During her visit, Ms Carlsson will also meet representatives of civil society, the EU and the African Development Bank.

During the visits to Liberia and Tunisia, press conferences will take place in connection with some of the meetings.

SOURCE 

Sweden – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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