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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper's Phone Call With Norwegian Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke by phone today with Norwegian Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen to reaffirm the strategic defense relationship between the United States and Norway.

The leaders discussed mutual security concerns, including Russia, China, and the security situation in the High North.  

They addressed a broad range of defense issues, including burden-sharing, the importance of readiness, and discussed ways to strengthen the bilateral relationship. The Secretary also expressed appreciation for Norway continuing to host a rotational element of U.S. Marines for cold weather training.