Norway and Iran

The Norwegian Football Association has run a program to train coaches in the Middle East for several years, and enjoys good relations and cooperation with The Iranian Football Federation. The first course was held in May 2016, and this week the Norwegian coaches were back in Iran for a new beginners course and a follow-up course with 70 participants in total. The aim of the project is to... Read more

Peace. Graffiti in Bogotá, Colombia.
Photo: Svenwerk / Flickr.

‘The signing of a new peace agreement gives Colombia the chance to bring an end to decades of armed conflict. Recent armed confrontations show that the ceasefire is fragile, and there is no time to lose in implementing the peace agreement,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: @NorwayMFA / Twitter.

‘The world’s greatest refugee crisis is unfolding in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Government will once again step up its effort to alleviate suffering and help to ensure the best possible protection of the civilian population. We have therefore proposed an increase in humanitarian support for the Syria crisis of NOK 500 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Kids Playing in the Street - Sana'a, Yemen. 
Photo: Gareth Williams / Flickr.

‘The humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic – 80 % of the population are in need of humanitarian assistance, and the situation is growing steadily worse,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Picture from a meeting between Borge Brende and Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu in January 2016. 
Photo: Frode Overland Andersen / UD.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende is seriously concerned about the situation in Turkey, and decided on Friday to call in Turkey’s Ambassador to Norway. Read more

‘I condemn last night’s terrorist attack on a police training centre in Quetta in Pakistan in the strongest possible terms. My thoughts and sympathies are with the families of those who have been killed and injured,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Signing ceremony for the Colombian Peace agreement. 
Photo: Utenriksdepartementet / kristin Enstad.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende welcomes continued dialogue between various political actors in Colombia following the referendum on the peace agreement. ‘I hope that it will be possible to find a solution to the difficult situation that has arisen. Norway will continue to offer support for the peace process,’ he said. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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... Read more

Foreign Minister Borge Brende and Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide met Mali's Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop. 
Photo: Utenriksdepartementet / Astrid Sehl.

‘The establishment of a Norwegian embassy in Bamako will strengthen our bilateral relations with Mali, and enable us to have a closer dialogue on the security challenges facing Mali and the wider Sahel region,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Advice given to the next Secretary General in the UN by Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico and Norway. 
Photo: @NorwayMFA / Twitter.

Violent conflicts are increasing in number and in complexity. Their humanitarian consequences are devastating, and a record number of people have been forced to flee their homes. ‘Preventing conflicts is infinitely preferable to repairing the damage they cause once they begin. It is also cheaper. Norway will now increase its support to the UN Peacebuilding Fund by NOK 115 million over a period ... Read more

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... Read more

Relief aid distributed in Syria, picture from a previous occasion. 
Photo: The international Committee of the Red Cross / Flickr.

‘I am appalled and horrified that a large aid convoy has been bombed today, and that crucial emergency relief for the people of Syria will not reach those in need,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Foreign Minister Borge Brende about to chair meeting of donor group to support economic development in Palestine. 
Photo: @NorwayMFA / Twitter.

’Despite the financial hardship facing the Palestinian government, I welcome all constructive steps that will contribute to strengthening the Palestinian economy. Both parties have proven that through leadership and compromise, progress is achievable,’ said Norway’s Foreign Minister, Børge Brende in the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC). Read more

Photo: Twitter/@borgebrende.

‘I would like to congratulate both parties on reaching agreement on the collection of electricity payments. This is the most extensive agreement between Israeli and Palestinian authorities for a very long time. Both parties have shown a willingness and ability to make compromises and have shown leadership in a difficult situation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation.

The US and Russia have agreed on a plan for nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria. ‘I welcome this urgently needed agreement. This is a long sought after chance that the world community cannot afford to miss. I encourage all parties to work towards implementing the agreement and cooperating in order to achieve a swift improvement in the humanitarian situation in Syria,’ said Minister of... Read more

South Korean soldiers on the borders to North Korea. 
Photo: Utenriksdepartementet UD.

Norway condemns the nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today. ‘The DPRK has once again defied a united international community by carrying out a fifth nuclear test,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more