Human rights or business? Saudi defense accord sparks storm in Sweden

March 9, 2015 6:57 PM

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The fate of a defense cooperation accord with Saudi Arabia has triggered a dispute between Swedish business, including powerful arms exporters, and the country's new center-left government which favors a foreign policy focused on human rights.

Despite its traditional neutrality - it is not a member of NATO - Sweden is the world's 12th biggest arms exporter and has a renewable five-year accord with Saudi Arabia to cooperate on military systems, training and transfers of technology.

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