Media Release: U.S.-Norway Supplementary Defense Cooperation Agreement Deepens Bilateral Defense Relationship
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Oslo, April 16, 2021) – Today, the United States of America and the Kingdom of Norway concluded a Supplementary Defense Cooperation Agreement (SDCA). Chargé d’affaires, ad interim Richard H. Riley attended the signing of the Agreement by Norwegian Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen at the Norwegian Ministry of Defense.
On concluding the SCDA, Mr. Riley stated: “We warmly welcome the newly signed U.S.-Norway Supplementary Defense Cooperation Agreement. It will allow for deeper bilateral cooperation between our countries, both now and in the coming decades, as we work together to address common security concerns, promote our shared values, and contribute to the mutual efforts that are essential to maintaining a strong and vibrant Transatlantic Alliance.”
The agreement, which was signed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III recently in Washington, D.C., represents a natural progression in decades of defense cooperation with Norway, an important NATO ally.
A State Department Fact Sheet with further information on the SDCA can be viewed here: https://www.state.gov/u-s-norway-supplementary-defense-cooperation-agreement-sdca/
The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense both issued statements today on the agreement, which are available here:
- Statement by Secretary of State Antony Blinken: https://www.state.gov/u-s-norway-supplementary-defense-cooperation-agreement/
- Readout by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III: https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2575194/readout-of-secretary-of-defense-lloyd-austins-remote-signing-with-norwegian-min/source/GovDelivery/