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The main task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to secure and promote Norway’s interests internationally. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, its open economy, its position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas.


The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, applauds the signing of an agreement between the Philippine parties. Photo: Guri Solberg, MFA

Breakthrough in Philippine peace process

'In the course of a few days, the parties in the Philippine peace process have reached agreement on issues that have blocked progress for many years. The agreement to recommend amnesties and a ceasefire is a breakthrough. It is also of crucial importance that the whole of the communist movement National Democratic Front of the Philippines is now represented here in Oslo,' said Brende.

Statsministeren og utenriksministeren gratulerer Colombias regjeringen og Farc-geriljaen med den endelige fredsavtalen. Foto: SMK

Historic agreement on final peace deal in Colombia

The Colombian government and the FARC announced today that they have come to agreement on a final peace accord. The accord concludes more than four years of negotiations. The armed conflict, which has persisted for five decades, has claimed more than 220,000 lives and produced millions of internally displaced refugees.


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