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Norway inks deal with US for access to 8 more facilities for military use


) Norway and the United States have signed an agreement that would allow the US and “other allied forces” use eight more sites on Norwegian soil, on top of the four agreed before, for military purposes, the Norwegian Defense Ministry said.

“The agreement declares intent to establish eight additional agreed facilities and areas in Norway … These sites can be used by Norway, the United States and other allied forces for a number of military purposes,” the ministry said in a statement Friday.

The document, signed by Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram and US Ambassador to Norway Marc Nathanson, amends the Supplementary Defense Cooperation Agreement (SDCA) ratified in June 2022.

The newly-agreed facilities include several air stations and airfields, garrisons and a cave complex, as well as a fuel terminal and a naval station.

The deal will be subject to a public comment period before being submitted to parliament.

In December 2023, Sweden, Denmark and Finland signed similar defense cooperation agreements with the US that cover 35 facilities and areas in total and have yet to take effect.

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