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article imagePresident Obama's day in Sweden

By Layne Weiss     Sep 4, 2013 in World
Stockholm - US President Barack Obama will be spending 24 hours in Sweden. He arrived in Stockholm early Wednesday morning and will be having meetings with Swedish leaders.
The president would like to focus on climate change, trade and technology, The AP reports. Additionally, he plans to pay homage to a Holocaust-era hero whose name is commemorated on street signs from Paris to Tel Aviv, Raoul Wallenberg.
Upon arrival, Obama was greeted by Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and other leaders of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's government.
Obama's visit marks the first bilateral visit by a sitting US president to Sweden.
During the visit the president is scheduled to have meetings with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and King Carl XVI Gustaf, USA Today reports.
Obama and Reinfeldt are also scheduled to hold a brief news conference where the issue of Syria is likely to be discussed.
From Sweden, the president will travel to St. Petersburg for the G20 Summit where the focus will be put largely on Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is hosting the Summit, has warned the use against taking military action on Syria, but has also said he would back UN-sponsored military action against Syria if there was concrete evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people.
While Obama is in Sweden, he will also participate in a special ceremony honoring Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat credited with saving at least 20,000 Jews before he was arrested by Soviet forces in 1945 and then mysteriously disappearing, The AP reports. Wallenberg's family planned to present Obama with a letter asking for help in pressing Russia for more information on Mr. Wallenberg's fate.
President Obama will also attend an expo featuring clean energy modernizations at the Royal Institute of Technology, USA Today reports.
In the evening, Obama will attend a dinner with leaders from Nordic nations such as Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and of course, Sweden.
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