The head of Swedish diplomacy, Ann Linde, will pay a working visit to Moldova as President-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. On October 6, Ann Linde will meet with Moldovan counterpart Nicu Popescu, President Maia Sandu, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița and Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration Vladislav Kulminski.
Meetings with Moldovan officials will address the conflict settlement process in the Breakaway Transnistrian region of Moldova, as well as regional security issues on the OSCE agenda. The visit will also provide an opportunity to discuss priorities on the bilateral agenda and ways to intensify the Moldovan-Swedish dialogue.
According to the OSCE, Ann Linde is Sweden’s current foreign minister. She has held this position since September 2019. Previously, Linde held the position of Minister for Business and Trade of the European Union, and from 2014 to 2016 she was Secretary of State at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. From 2013 to 2014, she was the head of the International Unit for the Party of European Socialists, based in Brussels. Ann Linde was International Secretary of the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 2000 to 2013.
In 1980, Linde worked for several non-governmental organizations, and in the 1990s she worked in Swedish government offices, holding both political and non-political positions.