Swedish defense minister joins call for Britain to stay in EU

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Posted: May 17, 2016 8:46 AM

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A British exit from the European Union would weaken European security, Sweden's defense minister said on Tuesday, echoing calls from the likes of U.S President Barack Obama and the International Monetary Fund.

Britain is one of Sweden's closest allies in the European Union with both opting out of the single currency.

"We need them deeply as a partner in the European Union and it will be a split in European Union and that is very bad," Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told reporters in Stockholm.

When asked if "Brexit" would weaken Europe security, Hultqvist replied "yes".

Hultqvist said a No vote could start "negative processes in other countries in Europe".

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; writing by Johan Ahlander)