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  • Norway to provide NOK 60 million in emergency aid to Iraq

    2014-06-18 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The need for emergency relief in Iraq is acute and requires immediate action. The most pressing needs are for food, water, shelter, healthcare supplies and the implementation of measures to protect the civilian population. Norway will provide NOK

  • Norway and the US sign nuclear non-proliferation agreement

    2014-06-16 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway and the US have a long history of cooperating on non-proliferation of nuclear material. The agreement we have now signed will in the first instance make it possible to assist Ukraine in securing its radioactive material,’ said Minister of

  • Gas agreement between Ukraine and Russia crucial

    2014-06-16 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘We have noted reports that the Russia company Gazprom has today reduced gas supplies to Ukraine. Energy supplies must not be used as a political tool. We hope the parties will reach agreement on this issue as soon as possible,’ said Minister of

  • Norway condemns reported mass executions in Iraq

    2014-06-16 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is deeply concerned about the situation in western and northern Iraq, where the authorities have lost control of large areas, including Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.

  • President Santos re-elected in Colombia

    2014-06-16 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Juan Manuel Santos was on 15 June re-elected President of Colombia. ‘Mr Santos’s election victory gives him a solid platform on which to continue peace talks with the FARC and the ELN,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Government to double support for global education

    2014-06-16 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘Education is key to reducing poverty. The Government therefore intends to double its development assistance to education in countries affected by extreme poverty, crisis and conflict. It is particularly important for us to ensure that more girls

  • Still no agreement with Hungary

    2014-06-16 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and Hungary have still not reached an agreement on lifting of the suspension of the EEA and Norway Grants to the country.

  • Important election for Afghanistan

    2014-06-14 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The Afghan people today cast their votes in the second round of the presidential election, defying threats from insurgent groups as they did in the first round. The holding of democratic elections is one of the most important elements in building a

  • Grand opening by tweet

    2014-06-12 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Tuesday 10 June Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende opened the new international press centre in Norway.

  • Agreement on framework for political solution in South Sudan

    2014-06-11 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am pleased that we can now see a positive development in South Sudan. IGAD and the parties deserve recognition for having taken an important step towards a peaceful solution to the conflict. The further negotiations will not be easy, and the

  • Norway in Europe – the Government’s strategy for cooperation with the EU

    2014-06-11 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government is today presenting its strategy for cooperation with the EU until 2017. ‘It is in our national interest to cooperate closely with the EU and to participate actively in the ongoing political processes in Europe. In order to

  • Colombian Government and ELN in peace talks

    2014-06-10 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘It is very positive that talks with the ELN rebels have started in Colombia. Lasting, stable peace in Colombia will not be possible without a political solution that includes both left-wing rebel groups,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

  • Sudan: The dialogue must include a representativ selection of the society

    2014-06-10 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'If the dialogue is to have a genuine impact and promote the development of a more just and democratic society in Sudan, it must include a representative selection of all segments of the society, including the groups that have taken up arms against

  • Israel must stop building settlements

    2014-06-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am concerned about the fact that Israel is again speeding up its building of settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. The settlement policy is becoming an ever greater obstacle to a two-state solution,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Norway concerned for civil society in Hungary

    2014-06-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am deeply concerned about the actions of the Hungarian authorities in relation to civil society and their attempts to limit freedom of expression. The EEA and Norway Grants are designed to strengthen fundamental European values. The Hungarian

  • Change among the state secretaries

    2014-06-06 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    In today’s session of the Council of State, the Crown Prince Regent has appointed Mr. Bjørgulv Vinje Borgundvaag (39), Oslo, as state secretary to Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey. At the same time Mr. Knut Olav Åmås has been honourably

  • Further measures against individuals and companies whose actions threaten Ukraine’s territorial integrity

    2014-06-06 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Government decided Friday 6 June to expand the restrictive measures against those responsible for actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

  • New Palestinian Government

    2014-06-04 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Norway, like the US and the EU, considers the new Palestinian Government formed by President Abbas to be an important step towards reuniting the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

  • Election in Syria has no legitimacy

    2014-06-03 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The so-called election in Syria today is a farce and has no legitimacy. It is impossible to hold a democratic election in a situation where millions of Syrians have fled their homes, cities are in ruins, and blood is being shed on a daily basis,’

  • The Expert Group on investments in coal and petroleum companies invites to a stakeholder meeting

    2014-06-03 News story Ministry of Finance

    The Ministry of Finance has appointed an expert group to assess the Government Pension Fund Global's (GPFG) appropriate use of policy instruments and investments in coal and petroleum companies. The Storting (the Norwegian parliament) has asked the