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Norwegian PM to talk terror and refugees with Obama

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Norwegian PM to talk terror and refugees with Obama
Solberg said the meeting would be a good opportunity to strengthen Nordic cooperation. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix
20:09 CET+01:00
President Barack Obama will welcome the leaders of five Nordic countries on May 13, with extremism and terrorism chief among the topics up for discussion, the White House said Friday.
Also on the table at the US-Nordic Leaders Summit, which comes after a similar meeting when Obama went to Sweden in September 2013, will be the refugee crisis roiling Europe.
 
Norwegian PM Erna Solberg said the meeting would be a good opportunity for Nordic leaders to display their solidarity.
 
"I look forward to meeting President Obama together with my Nordic colleagues in the White House. The meeting will consolidate the strong ties between our two countries, and between the United States and the Nordics," she said in a statement.
 
"From the Norwegian side, we have long been pushing for a stronger Nordic cooperation, also internationally. The meeting with President Obama will give us a good opportunity to deepen this cooperation with the United States," Solberg added.  
 
Joining the Norwegian PM will be the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. There will also be a state dinner in the evening hosted by Obama and his wife Michelle.
 
"This summit will be an opportunity to continue our close collaboration with the Nordic countries on a range of issues," the White House said in a statement, referring also to the environment, "Arctic issues... and addressing the migration and refugee crisis in a humane and orderly way."
 
"This summit will deepen US-Nordic cooperation while highlighting America's continued commitment to European security, transAtlantic trade, and the promotion of common democratic values."
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