Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström have agreed that Sweden should not unilaterally seek to end its military cooperation with Saudi Arabia, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports.

SvD claims that a possible reason for the ministers’ reluctance to scrap the deal is that it could weaken Sweden’s chances to earn a spot in the UN Security Council.

Sweden has until May 15 to decide whether it wants to scrap a military cooperation deal with Saudi Arabia which went into effect in 2005. The deal has been heavily criticized by some members of the ruling Social Democrats and their government partners Green Party who say Sweden should not provide military services and sell arms to an authoritarian state, with many calling Saudi Arabia a dictatorship.  […]