Børge Brende, attended the Pledging Conference in support of Iraq in Washington, DC. 
Photo: @NorwayMFA/Twitter.Børge Brende, attended the Pledging Conference in support of Iraq in Washington, DC. Photo: @NorwayMFA/Twitter

‘The people of Iraq are in urgent need of aid. Norway is already providing a considerable amount of humanitarian assistance to the region. We are now increasing our support to Iraq by NOK 50 million, to a total of NOK 325 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who is today attending the Pledging Conference in support of Iraq in Washington, DC.

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'A coup d'état was attempted last night in Turkey, and the situation is extremely tense. Norway supports the democratically elected government and urges a rapid return to the democratic rule of order,' says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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The Norwegian international certification body, DNV GL, signed a cooperation agreement with Iran’s Shipping Lines, IRISL, last week, with the Norwegian Ambassador present.  The MoU between DNV GL and IRISL is another sign of the expanded bilateral ties that have developed over the last year between Norway and Iran.

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Photo: Ramon Espinosa, AP.

‘I am very pleased that the parties to the conflict have now reached agreement on the key issue in the negotiations: laying down of arms and a definitive bilateral ceasefire and end of hostilities. After nearly four years of tough negotiations, we are now finally approaching an end to this conflict,’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said.

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Photo: UNHCR.

Yesterday, Monday 20 June, marked the World Refugee Day 2016. The newly released UNHCR Global Trends report finds 65.3 million people, or one person in 113, were displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution in 2015.

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