Tag Archives: Foreign Minister

Norway requests WTO consultations on EU ban on trade in seal products

On Nov. 5 Norway formally requested WTO dispute settlement consultations, because the Government views the EU ban on trade in seal products as being in contravention of WTO rules. “In our view, the EU decision is contrary to WTO rules on a number of key points. We will not let this go uncontested. We have ...

Stører congratulates Afghanistan’s President Karzai

Jonas Gahr Støre met with President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.

Hamid Karzai was Nov. 2 declared president of Afghanistan by the country’s Independent Election Commission. “On behalf of the Norwegian Government I would like to congratulate President Karzai on his re-election, and wish him well in the demanding endeavour that lies ahead for him and his next government,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre commented. Yesterday presidential ...

Norway welcomes new ATT negotiations

Norway will support a resolution in the UN General Assembly’s first committee calling for the immediate start of negotiations on a new international arms trade treaty. “An effective, robust framework that regulates the conventional arms trade would be an important step forward in efforts to combat armed violence,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. The purpose of ...

Norway condemns terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan

Elections press conference, Presidential Palace, Kabul: 20 October 2009

Norway condemns the terrorist attacks that killed innocent people in Pakistan and Afghanistan on Oct. 28. "It is particularly serious that the UN was once again the target. Our thoughts and sympathy go to the victims and their families,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Minister Støre. “It is deeply tragic that people who are in ...

Norway condemns terrorist attack in Baghdad

The Iraqi capital, Baghdad, was hit Oct. 25 by one of the worst terrorist attacks in several years. A large number of people were killed and injured. “I strongly condemn this terrorist attack, which has affected so many innocent civilians,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. There has been more extensive contact between Norway and Iraq in ...

Norway condemns terrorist attack in Iran

Norway condemns the suicide attack in Sistan-Baluchistan province, in south-eastern Iran, in which 57 people lost their lives.  “This is a very tragic situation,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Fifty-seven people were killed and more than 150 injured in the suicide attack, which took place on October 18. The UN Security Council, UN Secretary-General Ban ...

Norway condemns attack on UN Office

Norway condemns the attack on the World Food Program's (WFP) office in Islamabad on Oct. 5. Five people working for WFP have now been confirmed dead after what local police are describing as a suicide bomb attack at the WFP offices in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The attack took place at 12:15 local time on Monday. ...

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre visits Ground Zero

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre visited Ground Zero Wednesday last week to hear about Norwegian architecture company Snøhetta's plans for the upcoming National September 11 Memorial and Museum in NYC, reports The Foreign Ministry on their website "There are several thousand compelling stories connected to this place. This is something I am very reminded of today,” ...

Jagland elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Photo: www.coe.int

The President of the Norwegian Storting (Norwegian parliament) and the Norwegian Nobel Committee was today, Sept. 29, elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe by the organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly. Torbjørn Jagland obtained 165 votes (an absolute majority) and Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (Poland) 80 votes. There were 245 votes cast. "I believe in Europe! Europe is the most ...

Norway holds event on humanitarian law

On Thursday September 24, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre chaired Trygve Lie Symposium 2009 in New York. The theme this year was the protection of civilians and international humanitarian law. The purpose of this year’s symposium is to strengthen the protection of civilians in armed conflicts. The increasing number of attacks against civilians forms the backdrop for ...