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Source: Government of Sweden

The Nordic defence ministers will meet on 19–20 November within the framework of the common Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO). Sweden holds the chair in 2019, and the ministers are expected to agree on matters such as a mechanism for crisis consultations between defence ministries.

The meeting will be held in Stockholm and is the second meeting at ministerial level during Sweden’s year as chair. Mr Hultqvist will host Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen, Norway’s Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen, Denmark’s Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen and a representative of Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The meeting will summarise the objectives of the Swedish chairmanship, improve NORDEFCO as a common platform for dialogue on security and defence policy, and streamline practical cooperation.

At the meeting, the Nordic countries will agree on routines for consultations in the event of a crisis or conflict, a mechanism that will increase the ability to reach a common understanding of the security situation.

A Nordic-Baltic defence ministers meeting will also be held on 19 November, at which the defence ministers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will participate.

On 20 November, the defence ministers from the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom, and the German State Secretary for Defence, will arrive for a meeting within the Northern Group defence policy forum.

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