Mattis Commends Norway's Commitment to Global Peace, Security
Mattis Commends Norwayâs Commitment to Global Peace, Security
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Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hailed the strong bond between the United States and Norway and commended the Nordic nation for its commitment to global peace and security in Oslo, Norway, ye sterday. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, left, meets with Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jense in Oslo, Norway, July 14, 2018. Mattis commended Norway for its commitment to global peace and security and hailed the strong U.S.-Norwegian relationship that is built on shared values and ideals. State Department photo Defense Leaders Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, left, meet s with Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jense in Oslo, Norway, July 14, 2018. Mattis commended Norway for its commitment to global peace and security and hailed the strong U.S.-Norwegian relationship that is built on shared values and ideals. State Department photo Download Image Image Details
The closeness is illustrated by the democratic ideals espoused in both nationsâ constitutions, a bond strengthened by some 5 million Americans who claim Norwegian ancestry, Mattis said.
Mattis, who met with Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jense and Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide, said the United States and Norway have steadily built the strong bond over more than a century.
âItâs bolstered by strong shared values and our desire, our mutual desire for trans-Atlantic unity as demonstrated by the importance our two nations place on democracy, on individual liberties and the rule of law,â he said.
âIn America, we do not take for granted the strong bond between our peoples,â he added.
Norway Reaffirms Commitment to Global Security
Mattis commended Norway for its recommitment at the NATO summit last week to spend 2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense. NATO members pledged at the allianceâs 2014 summit in Wales to invest 2 percent of their GDP in defense programs.
The commitment, Mattis said, âlends credence to the reality that NATO is stronger today than it was yesterday, stronger than it was a month ago, stronger today than it was a y ear ago.â
Bakke-Jensen described the United States as Norwayâs âclosest and most important ally,â saying the relationship includes strong and broad defense cooperation. âOur soldiers operate together in conflict areas around the world, and they increasingly work together in Norway and the North Atlantic,â he said.
âStandard-Bearerâ for Peace, Security
Mattis recognized Norway for its commitment to global peace and security, which includes its support of NATOâs Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, and the coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
âYou generously contribute to global stability to increase support of NATOâs Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan,â he said. âYour nationâs commitments to peacekeeping development are commendable,â he said, âbecause as we all know youâre a standard-bearer for the international responsibilities of peacekeeping, of development funding -- al l those kinds of things that ultimately, we stand for.â
The professionalism, dedication and skill of the Norwegian forces have strengthened the defeat-ISIS coalition, Mattis remarked.
Hosting Hundreds of U.S. Rotational Forces
Further, Mattis thanked Norway for hosting up to 700 U.S. Marines on a rotational basis for rigorous cold-weather training.
âWeâve always benefited from our close relationship, and we have an almost assured mil-to-mil relationship ensured by the human beings who spend time in each otherâs countries,â he said.
The talks in Oslo were aimed at discussing ways to advance the militaryto-military relationship and finding ways to further deepen the already strong bond the countries share, Mattis explained.(Follow Lisa Ferdinando on Twitter: @FerdinandoDoD)
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