(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) WASHINGTON, May 26 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Sweden, Norway and Finland from May 29 to June 2 to deepen transatlantic cooperation on top national security and economic priorities.
Secretary Blinken will travel to Lulea, Sweden May 29-31, where he will co-chair, together with Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and a U.S. trade representative, the fourth meeting of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council to accelerate the global clean tech transition, hold Russia accountable and support Ukraine, and increase trade and technology cooperation.
He will also meet with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrأ¶m, according to the State Department.
From May 31-June 1, Secretary Blinken will be in Oslo, Norway, where he will participate in an informal meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs to discuss preparations for the July NATO Summit in Vilnius, support for Ukraine, and other Transatlantic priorities with Allies and invitee Sweden.
He will also meet with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stأ ̧re and Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt.
On June 1-2, Secretary Blinken will be in Helsinki, Finland, where he will highlight "our strong bilateral relationship with our newest NATO Ally." On Friday, the Secretary will meet with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. Additionally on Friday, the Secretary will give a speech in Helsinki to highlight all the ways in which Russiaآ's aggression against Ukraine has been a strategic failure, and "our continued efforts to support Ukraineآ's defense of its territory, sovereignty, and democracy in pursuit of a just and durable peace." (end) rsr.rk
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