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Swedish businesses concerned on Foreign Minister statement against Saudi Judicial system

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(Stockholm-AlummahWorld, 30 Jumada I, 1436, 21 March 2015) Swedish businesses expressing concerns over Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom statement against Saudi Judicial system which sparked dissatisfaction by Arab states and various sectors of trade and business.


The Saudi-Swedish standoff has further escalated following Riyadh’s decision to stop granting visas to Swedish businessmen. 
Economic and diplomatic groups have expressed surprise over the decision that puts the interests of dozens of companies and hundreds of employees at risk.


Swedish Ambassador in Riyadh Dag Danfeilt was quoted as saying to Asharq Al-Awsat daily that he has been working hard to find a solution to the issue and normalize bilateral relations. 
He added that his government has been trying to contact Riyadh and is waiting for a reply.
He expressed hope that a high-profile official will visit Saudi Arabia after ''we receive an invitation for that.''


His comments showing that the diplomat is deeply concerned over the recent developments which may lead to further trade and business boycot by the Arabs and other Muslims countries.

In response to questions following a crisis meeting, boycotted by a number of prominent industrialists, economic figures and businessmen, on Thursday, to discuss the situation, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven expressed his concerns by saying that “We still have hope in the relationship between private industrial enterprises in the two countries and the separation of political and economic issues. We invite all companies, influential individuals, businessmen and professionals, to join us in order to present and discuss a wider range of proposals.”
He added: “I cannot say the meeting was a failure, as evident by the attendees, and their practical and fruitful suggestions.”

He said he remains confident that officials and Swedish organizations can exchange opinions to correct the path toward partnership with Saudi Arabia.
According to Swedish media reports, top executives of well-known companies such as SAB, Scania, IKEA, Sandvik Group, Alfa Laval and Ericsson sent representatives on their behalf to the meeting as an expression of dissatisfaction over the Swedish foreign minister’s remarks about Saudi Arabia. Only a small number of CEOs attended the critical meeting.

They called for moral and clear disciplinary action to remedy the situation. 
The government in Stockholm rushing to restore deteriorating diplomatic and business ties with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as analyst warned that any further escalation in the current status of relations with Riyadh may further damage Sweden`s relations with other Gulf countries.