The Prime Minister visits FS 16

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is now in Afghanistan where he is visiting the Swedish force FS 16. The purpose of the visit is to meet Swedish soldiers in the field and to see for himself what they are doing, as well as meeting Afghan civilians.

Fredrik Reinfeldt arrives in Afghanistan and is met by Colonel Håkan Hedlund, Commander of the Swedish force. Photo: Nicklas Gustafsson/Combat Camera

The delegation arrived at the Swedish-Finnish Camp Northern Lights in Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday afternoon local time. After a short briefing on the routines at the base, the Prime Minister visited the Mess to chat with soldiers and officers, something that was very much appreciated.

The Prime Minister rounded off the evening by appearing via video link at the  Folk och Försvar (Society and Defence) conference being held in Sälen, and giving delegates his first impressions from the visit in Afghanistan.
“It is important to see at first hand how the resources that we send out actually arrive and are put to use,” he said among other comments.

The Prime Minister has an intensive programme which includes accompanying Swedish soldiers on foot patrol in the Panshir district, a few kilometres from the camp.

Also accompanying the Prime Minister during the visit is Lieutenant General Anders Lindström, Swedish Armed Forces Director of Operations.