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02:27 PM, April 4, 2014
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The Defence Minister of Sweden, Karin Enström, and her Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim, welcomed the decision - to select the proposal presented by Swedish company SAAB in the bidding process for FX-2, related to the provision of fighters to equip the Brazilian Air Force.

The decision was given a nod at an official meeting in Stockholm, upon the kind invitation of the Swedish side, on April 3rd, 2014. 

The Ministers of Defense of Brazil and Sweden also decided to launch the Brazilian-Swedish Strategic Partnership in Military Aeronautics. 

The meeting also included the 2009 Plan of Action of the Sweden-Brazil Strategic Partnership, which early identified the potential of bilateral cooperation in the defense area, including joint projects, industrial partnerships, technology transfer, education and training, particularly in the aeronautical field. 

With a view to providing continuous strength to the Strategic Partnership, the Defence Ministers agreed to sign today a new Framework Agreement for Defense Cooperation between Brazil and Sweden, which shall replace, when it enters into force, the 2000 Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation. 

The Ministers also saluted the signature, on the same date, of the Agreement on the Exchange and Protection of Classified Information by the Chief Minister of the Cabinet of Institutional Security of the Presidency of the Republic and the Head of Military Intelligence and Security Service of the Armed Forces of Sweden. 

The ministers reaffirmed the intentions of their Governments to jointly explore synergies regarding the testing, training, logistics, operations and future upgrades of the Gripen system. They looked forward to the inaugural meeting of a Joint Working Group on Military Cooperation within the Framework Agreement, scheduled to meet in Brasilia in August, 2014. 

With a view to following up on the bilateral cooperation agenda, the Minister of Defense of Brazil invited the Minister of Defence of Sweden to undertake a visit to Brazil in 2014. 

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