Swedish Chief of Defence visits SHAPE
General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and General Micael Bydén, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, salute the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Swedish and NATO flags at SHAPE, Belgium, Feb. 11, 2019. (NATO photo by Staff Sergeant Jimmie D. Pike)
Feb 11, 2019
SHAPE, Belgium – The Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces
General Micael Bydén visited Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)
on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, to meet with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)
General Curtis M. Scaparrotti and SHAPE senior leadership.
During the visit, General Scaparrotti greeted General Bydén before being
welcomed into SHAPE headquarters by the SHAPE Honour Guard. The leaders then
met for a routine office call.
"It is critical to maintain our relationship and to keep an open dialogue
with an important partner like Sweden,” said General Scaparrotti. "General
Bydén and I were able to discuss Sweden’s current and future commitment and
proactivity within our organisation.”
As a partner nation to NATO, Sweden recently
contributed to Exercise Trident Juncture in Nov. 2018 by providing troops to
participate in the exercise in host nation Norway. Sweden also supported maritime and air
operations during the month-long exercise, which was NATO’s largest in more
than thirty years.
Sweden joined NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme in 1994 and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in 1997. Sweden is one of NATO's most active partners and a valued contributor to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office