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Norway's new government to strengthen defence and security

15 October 2013

The new minority government of Norway, currently being formed, unveiled its defence plans for its term of office on 14 October.

Following its success in Norway's September elections, the new government is a coalition of the right-wing Conservative and Progressive parties. Both have traditionally had a strong defence profile and the new plans represent a clear intention to continue this.

Of priority is a stronger commitment to NATO: The new coalition wants to increase Norway's involvement and contribution and to provide for NATO presence and activity in Norway.

"We believe that NATO's presence is important for Norway, as well as in the interests of Europe, and will prioritise the trans-Atlantic security and defence relationship," Ine Eriksen Søreide, member of Parliament and defence spokesperson for the Conservative Party, told IHS Jane's .

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