Anders Fogh Rasmussen and other senior NATO staff are in Norway for combined WWII commemorative and current security events this week.
This three-day visit starts in northern Norway’s Tromsø regarding High North matters, Monday.
The North Atlantic Council’s 28 members, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and other NATO international staff representatives will attend briefings at the Norwegian Polar Institute.
Director Jan-Gunnar Winther and Deputy Petroleum and Energy Minister Per Rune Henriksen will lead these.
Later in the day sees a debate on the role of NATO entitled ‘Security Challenges in Changing Times’ at the University of Tromsø.
NATO Ambassadors Ivo Daalder (US), Mariot Leslie (UK), Tomáš Valášek (Slovakia), and Norway Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide will attend the event.
Tuesday’s programme will take place at Bodø main air station in Nordland County.
It includes a demonstration of Quick Reaction Alert for Norwegian F16 fighter jets.
Foreign Minister Barth Eide will receive NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the North Atlantic Council.
Mr Fogh Rasmussen will then be in Oslo on Wednesday for a meeting with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
He will also hold a speech at a ceremony to mark Norwegian Liberation and Veterans’ Day at Akershus Fortress.
Moreover, Wednesday’s schedule includes an audience with HRH King Harald V of Norway and a meeting with Minister of Defence Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen.
The three-day NATO visit will be rounded off by the NATO Secretary General giving the main address at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ annual conference on Europe.