U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN
May 17, 2023
Norway National Day
On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Norway in celebration of Constitution Day.
The United States and Norway have enjoyed a long tradition of friendly relations, deeply rooted in the democratic values shared by our Constitutions. As founding NATO Allies, we are committed to defend each other and our shared principles of democracy, individual liberty, and the rule of law. Norway has been a leader in addressing global challenges and the United States appreciates our close coordination in responding to authoritarian regimes that seek to repress fundamental freedoms and undermine peace. We stand in solidarity with Ukraine as we provide support to that country’s self-defense against Russia’s unprovoked, brutal war. The United States commends Norway’s commitment to providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine – through the aid of refugees and long-term financial support – at home and overseas.
Together, our nations will collaborate on solutions to overcome the climate crisis, address global challenges, and work on key priorities in the Arctic through Norway’s leadership of the Arctic Council. I look forward to strengthening our partnership in the years to come.
Best wishes on this special day. Gratulerer med dagen!
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