Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Washington D.C. on 18 May. The ministers discussed the deepened defence cooperation between the two countries.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis together with Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis together with Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist Photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith / U.S. Department of Defense

- The meeting clearly indicates that the Swedish-U.S. Statement of Intent (SoI), signed in 2016, holds its ground, Hultqvist said.

The purpose of the SoI is to increase the understanding and cooperation between respective Defence Administrations as well as pave the way for cooperative activities. U.S. participation in the upcoming Aurora 2017 exercise in Sweden is a good example of the close cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting between the Minister for Defence and the Defense Secretary took place at the Pentagon.