Foreign Minister Borge Brende reported very inspiring talks on trade from the meetings. 
Photo: @NorwayMFA / Twitter.Foreign Minister Borge Brende reported very inspiring talks on trade from the meetings. Photo: @NorwayMFA / Twitter

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende played host when ministers from 25 countries and the Director-General of the WTO gathered in Oslo for informal talks on Friday and Saturday. International trade, preparations for the WTO's next ministerial conference in Argentina in December 2017 and the continuing work in the organization were among the topics discussed.

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Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg hands out samples of Norwegian salmon at an Iranian supermarket in Tehean

The Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Per Sandberg visited Iran from 27th of September until the 01st of October, leading a delegation of over 100 people and 62 different Norwegian businesses within the fields of seafood, aquaculture and the maritime sector. “The lifting of the sanctions after the nuclear deal gives way for enormous opportunities. It is not every day a market with 80 million...

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Børge Brende in a Meeting With Colombian Foreign Minister Holguin. 
Photo: Kristin Enstad / UD.

‘It is very good news that the Colombian Government and the guerrilla group ELN have now set a date for starting formal negotiations. It will not be possible to reach a comprehensive peace settlement in Colombia unless the ELN are also on board,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Ambassador Norheim and trainer Jose Manuel Gomez in front of one of the artwork made by the children. 
Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy Tehran.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has opened an exhibition in Tehran showcasing art works by Afghan children residing in Rafsanjan Settlement, Kerman Province, Iran. The NRC is a humanitarian organization which provides assistance, protection and durable solutions to people who have been forced to flee their homes. Over 30 years of recurrent conflict in Afghanistan has produced one of the...

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Borge Brende attending the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. 
Photo: @NorwayMFA / Twitter.

‘Norway is a long-term partner for Afghanistan. We intend to maintain our current level of aid to the country, approximately NOK 700 million a year, in the period 2017 to 2020,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Mr Brende announced Norway’s contribution at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan today.

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School in Gombe. 
Photo: Teseum / Flickr.

‘The humanitarian crisis in parts of Nigeria and the areas around Lake Chad is having a severe impact on an already impoverished population. The Government is now increasing its aid to the region by NOK 20 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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