11 March 2022

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Alvin Botes visited Sweden 🇸🇪 at the invitation of the Swedish State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Karin Wallensteen.

The Deputy Minister visited the Olof Palme Center for a wreath-laying ceremony and to hold discussions with Ms. Anna Sundström, Secretary-General of the Centre. Deputy Minister Botes laid a wreath on the former Swedish Prime Minister’s gravesite in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sven Olof Joachim Palme was a Swedish politician and statesman. Palme served as chairman of the Social Democratic party from 1969 and prime minister of Sweden from 1969 to 1976 and again from 1982 to 1986, when he was assassinated on February.

Mr. Palme left office after failing to form a government after the 1976 general election, which ended 40 years of unbroken rule by the. While Leader of the Opposition – Social Democratic Party, he served as special mediator of the United Nations in the Iran–Iraq War, and was President of the Nordic Council in 1979.

He faced a second defeat in 1979, but he returned as Prime Minister after electoral victories in 1982 and 1985, and served until his death.

Palme was a pivotal figure domestically as well as in international politics from the 1960s onward. He was steadfast in his non-alignment policy towards the superpowers, accompanied by support for numerous liberation movements following decolonisation including, most controversially, economic and vocal support for a number of Third World governments.

The assassination of Olof Palme on 28 February 1986 was the first murder of a national leader in Sweden since Gustav III in 1792, and had a great impact across Scandinavia.
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