Mattis Plans Visits to Croatia, Norway After Attending NATO Summit

July 06, 2018

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis plans to visit Croatia and Norway next week after he attends NATO’s summit, Defense Department officials announced today.

The secretary leaves July 10 for the July 11-12 meeting of NATO’s heads of state and government.

In Brussels, Mattis will join President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the NATO summit to reinforce U.S. priorities, including equitable burden sharing, NATO’s role in combating terrorism, and strengthening the alliance’s security capabilities, officials said.

The secretary then will travel to Zagreb, Croatia, where officials said he will meet with defense ministers of the U.S.-Adriatic Charter to reinforce U.S. support to southeast Europe.

The secretary’s final stop on his overseas trip is Oslo, Norway, where he will meet with Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen and Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide.