Readout of Secretary Mattis' Meeting with Norwegian Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen
Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:
Today, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Norwegian Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen at the NATO Defense Ministerial reaffirming the long standing defense relationship between the United States and Norway.
Secretary Mattis thanked the minister for Norway's commitment to international security, including its significant contributions to NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, the Defeat-ISIS campaign, and its leadership on security in the Nordic-Baltic region and the North Atlantic.
The secretary also thanked the minister for the opportunity to improve interoperability and strengthen defense cooperation through training and exercises between the armed forces of both nations.