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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.



Increased humanitarian efforts in revised budget

The Government has proposed to increase its allocation to humanitarian efforts by NOK 274 million in the revised budget. 'The additional funds will mainly go to Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeastern Nigeria, which are now being hit by a famine that has been described as the worst in the history of the UN', said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Utenriksminister Børge Brende og Aung San Suu Kyi etter møtet der de to diskuterte Myanmars utfordringer og Norges mulige bidrag. Foto: Astrid Sehl, UD

Broad Norwegian engagement in Myanmar

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende visited Myanmar on 5-6 July. ‘The country is undergoing a huge process of change, after the transition from military rule to a partly civilian government. Norway will continue its broad engagement in support of the peace process and sustainable development,’ said Mr Brende.


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