Swedish Officials at Odds About Mideast Staffing

    The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency is under fire from Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson for its plan to reduce the number of its Afghanistan and Iraq staff, Stockholm News reports. SIDA claims it has to withdraw their representatives in the two country to save money and reduce a budget deficit, which hit 20 million Swedish kroner in 2009. Carlsson said the Swedish government is looking for ways to keep SIDA staff in the two conflict-torn countries.

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