NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller traveled to Oslo on Monday (4 February 2019), to participate in the Leangkollen Security Conference organized by the Norwegian Atlantic Committee. She delivered a keynote address on “The Future of Transatlantic Relations: Security, Policy and Technology”, which was followed by a panel discussion with the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide. The Deputy Secretary General and the foreign minister had a short pull aside at the conference, discussing the upcoming Foreign Ministers Meeting in Washington in April and burden sharing within the Alliance.
During her visit, Ms. Gottemoeller also had a meeting with the Minister of Defence, Mr Frank Bakke-Jensen. She commended Norway for its continuous strong commitment to NATO missions, including their long-term engagement to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, to NRF and to the enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Lithuania. Ms. Gottemoeller reiterated the importance of the Wales pledge on defence investment, agreed by all Allies in September 2014. They also discussed the upcoming Meeting of Defence Ministers being held in Brussels later this month.