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  • Peace talks under way between ELN guerrilla group and Colombian Government

    2017-02-07 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘It is very good news that the Colombian Government and the guerrilla group ELN have now started formal negotiations. A lasting peace settlement in Colombia will not be possible unless the ELN are also on board,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Foreign Minister Brende strongly criticises Israeli expropriation law

    2017-02-07 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'Israel's adoption of a law legalising settlements built on privately-owned Palestinian land, in violation of international law, is deeply worrying,' said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

  • Readmission Agreement between Norway and Pakistan

    2017-02-06 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    Norway has signed a Readmission Agreement with Pakistan. The Agreement was signed in Islamabad by the Norwegian Ambassador to Pakistan on 25 January 2017.

  • Foreign Minister Brende in Afghanistan

    2017-02-04 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende is visiting Kabul today for meetings with President Ashraf Ghani, Acting Prime Minister Abdullah Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani and Minister of Finance Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, among

  • Norway congratulates Morocco on its membership in the African Union (AU)

    2017-02-03 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Foreign Minister Børge Brende welcomes the decision by the African Union (AU) to accept Morocco as a member.

  • Germany chosen as strategic partner for new submarines to Norway

    2017-02-03 Press release Ministry of Defence

    After a comprehensive evaluation process, The Norwegian Government decided on Germany as strategic partner for new submarines. The partnership is based on a German-Norwegian common purchase and lifetime management of identical, new submarines.

  • 'Denial of entry to Russia is deeply regrettable'

    2017-02-01 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'It is deeply regrettable that some members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence will not be allowed to visit Russia, despite having received an invitation from the Chair of the Council of the Federation Committee for Foreign

  • Norway and Malta sign new agreements on EEA and Norway grants

    2017-02-01 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway and Malta have signed new agreements on Norway's contribution to social inclusion and poverty reduction. Refugees and migrants will be an important target group.

  • Troika statement after declaration from the AU, Igad and UN on South Sudan

    2017-01-31 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Joint statement from UK, US and Norway welcoming the joint declaration from the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) and the UN expressing concern about continued fighting and violence in South Sudan.

  • Gassled court case – main hearing in Borgarting Court of Appeal in Oslo

    2017-01-31 News story Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

    Oslo District Court rejected in September 2015 the claims against the Norwegian State in the case related to tariffs in Gassled. The judgement from Oslo District Court was appealed by the four plaintiffs with participating interests in Gassled. The

  • New Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force

    2017-01-27 Press release Ministry of Defence

    Brigadier General Tonje Skinnarland was appointed Major General and Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force today (CRNORAF).

  • The Philippines: Third round of peace talks

    2017-01-26 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'I would like to congratulate the Philippine Government and the communist movement NDFP on having completed a constructive third round of peace talks. Both sides are still showing great willingness to find a solution to the conflict. I am pleased

  • Changes among the political advisers

    2017-01-26 Press release Office of the Prime Minister

    The Office of the Prime Minister has as of 30 January 2017 appointed Ms. Veronica Pedersen Åsheim (26), Rana, as political adviser to Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg. She will succeed Ms. Greta Johanne Solfall, who will leave the post.

  • Solution in sight for organic salmon

    2017-01-25 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

    A solution is in sight for Norwegian organic salmon after Iceland today dropped its requests for adaptations to the EU rules.

  • The Nordic region – the most integrated region in the world

    2017-01-23 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'We are taking over the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers at a time when the world is rapidly changing. Strategic Nordic cooperation is essential, and benefits all the Nordic countries,' said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs and Minister

  • Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs submits a reply to the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA)

    2017-01-23 News story Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

    The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has sent a letter of formal notice to Norway regarding the rules on general application of coverage of costs for travel, board and lodging in the shipbuilding industry.

  • Healthy oceans – greater prosperity

    2017-01-23 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    ‘By 2050, the world population may reach 10 billion. We will need healthy and productive seas and innovative technology so that we can obtain more food, medicines and energy from the oceans’, said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

  • New ambassadors from Switzerland, Iraq, the Czech Republic and Rwanda

    2017-01-19 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 19. January 2017

  • The Colombian government and the ELN have agreed to start peace talks

    2017-01-18 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am very pleased that the Colombian government and the guerrilla group ELN have overcome the latest obstacles and that formal negotiations can commence,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The Colombian government and the ELN agreed

  • New round of peace talks between Philippine Government and communist movement NDFP

    2017-01-18 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am pleased that representatives of the Philippine Government and the communist movement NDFP are now meeting for a new round of talks. Despite challenges along the way, the parties have shown great willingness and dedication over the last six