Hillary Clinton ‘thrilled’ with Sweden visit
Published: 04 Jun 2012 08:08 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Jun 2012 08:08 GMT+02:00
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent a busy Sunday in Stockholm, meeting with politicians and members of the Swedish royal family and discussing climate change, global warming, and the thrill of being in Sweden.
After arriving in Sweden on Saturday night, Clinton kicked off her Sunday with Carl Bildt and defense minister Karina Endtrom for a tour of Stockholm’s archipelago, discussing developments in the Middle East and the future of Afghanistan.
At 2pm, Clinton met with environmental minister Lena Ek and the Crown Princess Victoria at Stockholm’s Fotografiska Museet, where she told the Princess that she was “thrilled to be here”, wrote the TT news agency.
After, Clinton led a press conference in the museum discussing climate change and global warming, as well as detailing plans for a joint environmental campaign.
“Sweden is a global leader when it comes to climate issues,” said Clinton, according to TT.
She went on to announce plans for the US and Sweden to combat Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP).
According to Clinton, SLCPs are responsible for some 30 percent of global warming, and are not only dangerous to humans and agriculture, but can save lives if they are reduced.
“Today, Sweden and the US are launching a global campaign to reduce the lack of knowledge about SLCP,” she said.
“This is what we call a win-win situation.”
After the conference, the Secretary of State met with Prime Minister Reinfeldt and discussed the economic crisis in Europe and the situation in Syria.
Clinton’s visit marks the first time a US Secretary of State has been in Stockholm since 1976 when Henry Kissinger visited Stockholm for a day in May.
After a weeklong visit to Scandinavia, Clinton left Sweden on Monday morning bound for Armenia.