CAIRO: The new Swedish Ambassador to Egypt, Charlotta Sparre said on Sunday that she came back after 10 years to find “a new Egypt”, in an interview posted on the website of the Swedish Embassy in Cairo.
The former vice-chairman of the Swedish mission in Cairo from 1999-2003 said Egypt is the same country she left 10 years ago with its “rich and deep historical and cultural roots.”
Sparre said that Egyptians broke taboos and experienced increased political participation. She talked about her “challenging” mission in Egypt, emphasizing that there are opportunities for prosperous relations and cooperation between Sweden and Egypt.
The ambassador said she will build on the good relations between the two countries, including ongoing work on governance issues, as well as increasing trade and political and cultural exchanges.
Sparre said, “I will try to meet as many people as possible, from different parts of the society and different parts of the country. My aim is to listen and learn, but also to share my experiences and thoughts.”
Sparre has extensive experience in the Middle East as an Ambassador to Libya and Jordan and also hopes to benefit from her experience in Swedish politics.
Translated from Youm7.