Lars Løkke Rasmussen – Photo: Kristoffer Jonsson/Udenrigsministeriet

Danish and U.S. Foreign Ministers Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement, Allowing U.S. Military Presence in Denmark

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Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed the defense cooperation agreement between Denmark and the United States today.

The agreement enables the stationing of U.S. personnel and military equipment at selected Danish military sites for varying durations, with close coordination with the Danish Defense and other relevant authorities.

The deal grants the U.S. military access to the three air bases in Karup, Skrydstrup, and Aalborg.

-“Today, I signed an agreement that strengthens Danish, European, and transatlantic security. It is crucial to maintain American engagement in Europe during a time marked by war, conflict, and uncertainty. Denmark and Europe must shoulder responsibility, and that is precisely what we are doing with the defense cooperation agreement with the USA. We enhance collaboration with our key allies, providing the Americans with better opportunities for military presence in Europe. This also benefits our cooperation in NATO and the Nordic region,” said Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

The defense cooperation agreement between Denmark and the USA has been finalized after approximately a year and a half of negotiations. The agreement does not include the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

The agreement will come into effect once Denmark and the USA complete their respective national implementation processes. In Denmark, the government will seek the approval of the Folketing, as the implementation of the agreement will require legislative changes. This work will commence next year.

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