Extensive security measures when the United States Secretary of Defense visits Norway

Jim MattisU.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis .Photo (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)


Today ​​the United States Secretary of Defense comes to Oslo for talks with the Norwegian Defense and Foreign Minister. Which will result in higher security measures in the capital city.


US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrives in Norway Friday, and will have talks with Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen (H) and Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H).

– “During this visit they will discuss a comprehensive security package which will be put into place. We will initiate the measures we believe are more important,” says the Police Director Johan Fredriksen from the Oslo Police District to NTB.

The measures will, among other things, be more visible police around residential and visiting places. Hidden security will also be present.

– “I can not go into detail, but we have long experience with such visits. We have the capacity and the past knowledge and experience should something unexpected occur,” says Fredriksen.

According to the police, the measures will mainly concern visiting places, which means that people will have very little notice that the Secretary of Defense is in town.

– “Fewer people will be allowed in those areas where the Secretary of Defense will visit, this will not cause any disruption, most will not even notice. There will be some roadblocks, but only for short periods during relocation,” says Fredriksen.

The Police Director points out that its not only the Secretary of Defense who will feel safe in Oslo.

– All people in the capital must be safe, so police presence will be larger this weekend, he says.

The northern areas, the fight against terrorism and strengthening the collective defense are among the topics that will be discussed during their meeting.


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