Hagel, Danish Defense Minister Discuss Continued Cooperation
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Danish Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen met today at the Pentagon, reaffirming the two countries’ strong defense relationship based upon shared approaches to defense and security issues, and pledging to continue to deepen military cooperation, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, escorts Denmark's Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen to a meeting at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2013. DOD photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
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“The two leaders highlighted the long friendship between the two nations’ armed forces, as well as present-day cooperation in North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led operations in Afghanistan, off the Horn of Africa, and cyber defense,” Little said in a statement summarizing the meeting.
“Secretary Hagel and Minister Wammen also discussed the ongoing violence in Syria and the situation in Egypt,” Little added.
The two defense leaders also discussed the developments in the capability of Afghanistan’s national security forces to address the country’s own security challenges and the role of NATO in Afghanistan after the alliance’s current mission ends there at the end of 2014, Little said.
Hagel and Wammen underscored their belief that the United States and Denmark should work to maintain and increase interoperability and implement lessons learned from operations in Afghanistan, the press secretary said.
“They both agreed on the importance of exploring new approaches to bilateral and multinational cooperation for the benefit of both nations and of NATO as a whole,” he added.
In addition, they discussed exchanging lessons learned in defense materiel and logistics and opportunities to cooperate on veterans’ initiatives, Little said. They also agreed on the inauguration of annual policy-level staff discussions that would develop plans for cooperation in more detail.
“Secretary Hagel expressed appreciation for Denmark’s close partnership, and Minister Wammen invited Secretary Hagel to visit Denmark at his earliest convenience,” Little said.