Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Work’s Meeting with Swedish Minister of Defense Hultqvist

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work met with Sweden’s Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist at the Pentagon today. During the 30 minute meeting, they discussed ways to deepen military to military cooperation, as well as NATO partnership initiatives, regional security and defense priorities.

Work assured Hultqvist of the U.S. commitment to bilateral cooperation, NATO’s Enhanced Opportunity Partner Initiative as it relates to Sweden, and deterring Russian aggression.

The deputy secretary lauded Sweden’s continued leadership in the Nordic-Baltic region, and voiced support for joint training and exercises designed to sustain Sweden’s interoperability with NATO.

Work ended by affirming the U.S. and Sweden have a strong defense relationship underpinned by robust cooperation in areas such as joint training, exercises and information exchange.

Release No: NR-182-15
May 20, 2015

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