Sweden backed Turkey's European Union (EU) membership bid on Wednesday.
Swedish Ambassador to Turkey Christer Asp extended support to Turkey's EU full membership, and underlined importance of maintenance of dialogue.
"Cooperation between Sweden and Turkey has speeded up since Turkey's negotiations with the EU began in 2005," the ambassador said during a meeting in the Turkish capital of Ankara to mark the beginning of the Swedish-Turkish Defense Technology Days.
Asp said that Turkey was perceived as a partner of the union.
Turkey became a European Union (EU) candidate country in December 1999. The union launched accession talks with Turkey on October 3rd, 2005.
Speaking about Turkish-Swedish economic relations, Asp said that Swedish companies were investing in Turkish market and defined Turkey as an important country for investments.
The ambassador underscored Turkey's strategic importance, and said Turkey was a route between Europe and the Middle East.
On defense industry, Asp said that his country was exporting defense industry products to 60 countries and half of the exports were to European market and the United States.
Asp said that Europe was taking new steps for restructuring defense industry, and also said that cooperation in this area would improve in coming days.
Swedish defense material administration "Foersvarets Materielverk" (FMV) is providing the Swedish Armed Forces with defense needs.
The biggest company of Sweden -- SAAB is also operating in the area of defense and employs 13,800 people. Its annual turnover is 2.5 billion euro.
SAAB mostly works in aviation, electronic warfare, weapon systems, command-control, remote-controlled unmanned systems, sensor systems, simulation-training, signature management, support solutions, communication and space.
The war plane "Gripen", manufactured by SAAB group, is defined as the "best combat fighter" in the world.
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