'Ask Obama about Gitmo and labour': opposition
8 Aug 2013, 13:49
Published: 08 Aug 2013 13:49 GMT+02:00
"We of course have questions about Guantanamo and privacy questions following Snowden," Löfven told the TT news agency. "These are very important questions that should be discussed between countries that have good relations."
While the government announced on Thursday that it would not release any further details of Obama's upcoming visit at present, Swedish political scientist Jan Joel Andersson told The Local this week that it was unlikely that the prison camp on the US Naval Base in Cuba commonly referred to as "Gitmo" would be discussed, although Stockholm does have human rights concerns concerning the US.
Löfven, meanwhile, also took the opportunity to praise the the US president for his focus on restoring American industry, and spurring the growth in employment.
"He talks about re-industrializing the US, creating jobs and hope for the future," Löfven said. "Ahead of the G20 meeting, it is important to have a strategy for jobs creation and to make sure that the global economic benefits everyone, not like it is today with big imbalances."
Löfven said the Swedish model, based on the Saltsjöbaden Deal penned in 1938 between employers and trade unions, could serve as inspiration for an international agreement between workers and capital owners.
"It would be great if Obama could put on the yellow jersey in this discussion," Löfven said, urging the Swedish prime minister not to shy away from the topic on the American stop-over in Stockholm in September.