Obama In Sweden Amid Syria Tension

6:56 AM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
US President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at the Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 4, 2013. Obama is in Sweden for a two-day visit likely to revolve around Syria, despite the host nation's effort to draw attention to a broader agenda. ANDERS WIKLUND/AFP/Getty Images
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President Obama is in Sweden on Wednesday, preparing for a global summit and seeking support for a military strike on Syria.

Obama landed in Stockholm early Wednesday morning, and will have meetings with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The U.S. president and Reinfeldt also hold a brief news conference, where Syria will very likely surface as a topic.

Obama has called for limited military action against Syria, saying the government has used chemical weapons on opponents; he spoke to U.S. congressional leaders about his plans Tuesday, and will take a similar message later this week to the G-20 summit of nations in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The White House picked up key support Tuesday from the top two Republicans in the U.S. House, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The Sweden trip is a late addition to the president's schedule. The president had planned to fly to Moscow for a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but canceled that meeting after a string of disputes between the two nations that has included Syria.

Putin opposes military action, and says the Obama administration has not made its case on chemical weapons.

Obama leaves Thursday for the G-20 summit, which Putin is hosting in St. Petersburg.

While in Stockholm on Wednesday, Obama will participate in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who is credited with saving at least 20,000 Jews during World War II.

Obama will also attend an expo featuring clean energy innovations at the Royal Institute of Technology.

In the evening, Obama will attend a dinner with the leaders of Nordic nations, including Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway, as well as Sweden.

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