Margot Wallström. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström resigns

September 06, 2019

Margot Wallström (64) has been Foreign Minister since she took over after Carl Bildt in 2014.

“The time has come for me to spend more time with my husband, my children and my grandchildren,” Wallström writes in a tweet on Friday.

She has notified Prime Minister Stefan Löfven about her wish to leave the government and the post as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Wallström has been a high-profiled minister in Löfven’s government and her resignation comes as a surprise to most. The Prime Minister has not announced any new Foreign Minister. 

On October 3rd, Wallström was supposed to host the Barents Council meeting in Umeå, northern Sweden where her foreign ministers colleagues from Norway, Russia and Finland will participate.  

 

Margot Wallström made Nordic cooperation one of her priorities. Here with the foreign ministers of Iceland, Finland, Norway and Denmark in Copenhagen 2016. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

 

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