Today, at a meeting in the Foreign Policy Committee, the Danish Government has consulted with the parliamentary parties about new military contributions to promote international peace and security.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod:

“We must be present at the world’s hotspots where Denmark has values and interests at stake – also with military instruments. And we must do so with a broader foreign and security policy in mind. When we make new military contributions in the Sahel region and in Syria to fight against ISIL, it is about more than firefighting. We put efforts into several fronts to create security, stability and – in the long term – a positive development in Europe’s neighbouring regions. We link military contributions with long-term diplomatic, economic and development policy efforts. At the same time, as a core ally, we must lift our share of the burden in NATO and maintain a close relationship with the United States. This broad and balanced approach is reflected in the contributions we announce today.”

Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen:

“Denmark and the Danish defence have once again been asked to contribute to peace and stability in the world’s hotspots. I am very proud of that. The security of Denmark and the Danish citizens is strengthened as we take an active part in the international fight against terrorism and unrest. Furthermore, the wide range of contributions that we now prepare to send off clearly indicates that the Danish Defence’s abilities, materiel and soldiers’ capabilities are in great demand by our allies. It emphasizes our status as a core member of NATO.”

After having consulted with the Foreign Policy Committee today, the Government will in the coming period submit the relevant resolutions in the Parliament.

Facts about all four contributions: 

  • A surgeon team from the Danish Defence to a coalition base in northeastern Syria. 
  • A substantial contribution of capabilities with a combat battalion, a larger warship and four fighter aircraft to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defence profile. 
  • A transport aircraft with up to 65 people and a staff contribution of up to 10 people to the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA. Moreover, there will be a helicopter contribution with up to 70 people and 1-2 staff officers to the French-led Operation Barkhane in the Sahel region. 
  • A frigate with a helicopter contribution to participate in an American aircraft carrier group.

In addition, the Government welcomes a possible naval contribution to an international maritime effort with a European anchoring in the Strait of Hormuz.

For further press enquiries:
Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod: Poul Kjar, +45 4186 5975
Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen: Linda Liboriussen, +45 2527 4528