Gaza crisis: Foreign Minister urges parties to enter into immediate ceasefire

‘I urge the parties to the conflict in Gaza to call an immediate halt to the hostilities and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire, as called for by the Security Council. The suffering that is being inflicted on the civilian population is disproportionate and intolerable, and it must be stopped,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The police takes measures to counter potential threat

The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has reason to believe that a possible attack on Norway is being planned. At a press conference today, the police announced measures to counter this potential threat.

Gaza crisis: Foreign Minister Brende condemns huge loss of civilian lives

‘The death toll in Gaza has now reached almost 650. More than 150 of those killed are children. In my view, the military attacks on Gaza are disproportionate, and in our statement to the UN Security Council yesterday, Norway condemned the huge and completely unacceptable loss of civilian lives,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Statement on the situation in the Middle East

'Since our last meeting, the developments in the Middle East give cause for deep concern. For the fourth time in the seven years since Hamas took control over the Gaza Strip, violence has flared up and inflicted an intolerable toll on civilians', said ambassador Tine Mørch Smith in her statement on the Middle East and the Palestine question.

Third anniversary of terrorist attack on 22 July

Several events are being held to mark the third anniversary of the attacks on the government offices and Utøya on 22 July 2011. There will be memorial events in Oslo and on Utøya, as well as a service in Oslo Cathedral.

Address at Girl Summit 2014

'The Norwegian government is strongly committed to the fight against FGM (female genital mutilation), and child marriage, early and forced marriage, at home and in our international engagement', said State Secretary Hans Brattskar in his address at the "Girl summit 2014: A future free from FGM and child and forced marriage".

New strategy for intensified international efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation

‘Worldwide, around 125 million girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation. The fight to eliminate female genital mutilation in Norway and internationally is a high priority for the Government. Norway has set the new and ambitious goal of eliminating this harmful practice in the course of one generation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Norway condemns suicide attack in Afghanistan

Almost 100 people are believed to have been killed and many more injured in a suicide attack at a market in Afghanistan on 15 July. ‘This was a gruesome and totally unacceptable attack, which killed and maimed civilians in a public place. Norway has been in contact with the Afghan authorities and we have expressed our deepest condolences to the many victims and their families,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Foreign Minister Brende to visit the Middle East: Decisive need for ceasefire and a lasting peace

‘The only viable way to bring the civilian losses and the enormous suffering in Gaza to an end is an early ceasefire. More than 180 people have been reported killed and some 1400 have been wounded during the attacks of the past week. Most of them are civilians, and many are women and children. This is unacceptable, and cannot be allowed to continue,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who is travelling to the Middle East today.

Norway welcomes agreement on audit of Afghan election result

‘I welcome the agreement reached yesterday evening by the two presidential candidates in Afghanistan on an extensive audit of the election result. In agreeing to this step, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah are showing that they both take responsibility for promoting stability and unity in the country,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.