Eriksen Søreide meets the US Marine Corps Commandant, General Neller. 
Photo: Norwegian Ministry of Defense.Eriksen Søreide meets the US Marine Corps Commandant, General Neller. Photo: Norwegian Ministry of Defense

Transatlantic Solidarity Standing Strong: Defense Minister on U.S. Visit

The Norwegian Minister of Defense visited the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, and proclaimed that “The strong transatlantic unity is more important than ever before.”

Luke Air Force Base is where Norwegian pilots are training to fly F-35 fighter jets. The first F-35s will arrive in Norway next year, and Monday the Norwegian Minister of Defense, Ine Eriksen Søreide, visited the base.

Last week, on Fri. and Sat., Dec. 2 and 3, Søreide participated in the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley. She took part in a panel discussion and met with Gen. Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and Hon. Leon E. Panetta, Former US Secretary of Defense, among others.

“This is an excellent opportunity to promote Norwegian views on important issues,” said Søreide.

During her visit to America, the Defense Minister emphasized the need for continued strong security cooperation between Norway and the United States and the importance of a clear, firm and united approach toward Russia.

“Given the changes in the security policy environment, solidarity, both transatlantic and within the NATO alliance, is more important than ever before,” the Defense Minister said.


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