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Immediate Release

Readout of Deputy Secretary Work's Meeting with Norway's State Secretary for Defense Øystein Bø

March 24, 2016

Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson provided the following readout:

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work met with Norwegian State Secretary for Defense Øystein Bø at the Pentagon today.  

Work and Bø exchanged insights on sustaining robust military capabilities and noted the strategic, operational, and tactical benefits of defense cooperation for both nations.  During their meeting, Work and Bø discussed U.S.-Norwegian defense cooperation efforts and highlighted the Marine Corps Prepositioning equipment in Norway. They also discussed the security environment in Europe and the Middle East, to include ways to work together to strengthen maritime security in the North Atlantic, themes for the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, and the comprehensive strategy and capabilities to degrade and destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  

The two leaders stressed the value of partnerships and continuing to work with allies and friends around the world to confront emerging challenges.