Press Releases

Press Releases from The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Photo: Utenriksdepartementet/Astrid Sehl.

'I am pleased that we can announce the full normalisation of our political and diplomatic relations with China here in Beijing today. This joint statement opens up many opportunities for cooperation. We have already agreed to immediately resume negotiations on a free trade agreement,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

‘The bloodbath in Aleppo must stop. Reports from the UN of civilians and aid workers being summarily executed over the last 24 hours give cause for serious concern. I hope that the agreement that has apparently been reached on the evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters from eastern Aleppo will help to end the atrocities,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

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

The 27th of October, Ambassador Ellefsen presented his credentials in the presidential palace. Read more

‘I would like to congratulate this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos,’ said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Read more

‘The Government’s proposed aid budget for 2017 amounts to 1 % of Norway’s GNI and sets out a historic level of funding in many areas. The present Government has doubled support for education, increased humanitarian aid by 50 %, and increased funding for global health by NOK 600 million. We are also continuing our targeted efforts in the areas of business development, job creation, climate chang... Read more

’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

‘The Philippine government and the Communist movement NDFP are coming to Oslo to resume formal peace negotiations in a conflict which has been running for 47 years. We are very committed to offering our support in this process,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

‘Serious atrocities are being committed against the civilian population in Aleppo. The conflicting parties need to respect humanitarian law and comply with the United Nations’ appeal for a pause in hostilities. Norway supports the humanitarian actors in Aleppo and the surrounding regions. If access is now granted, Norway will increase this support,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Read more

His Majesty King Harald sends his condolances to His Excellency President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the occasion of the attack on Atatürk Airport. Read more

- Jeg fordømmer på det sterkeste terroraksjonen på Istanbul Atatürk Airport tirsdag 28. juni. Terrorister har igjen angrepet uskyldige sivile i Tyrkia. Dette er feige handlinger som må møtes med vår avsky og en forsterket internasjonal innsats i kampen mot terror, sier utenriksminister Børge Brende Read more

Norway and the US are joining forces in a further initiative to support mine clearance, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday. Read more

Photo: Truls Brekke/UNICEF.

‘Norway is entering into a multi-year cooperation agreement with UNICEF, and will provide up to NOK 400 million for education in Syria and its neighbouring countries. This is a follow-up to the donor conference for Syria earlier this year. It will give UNICEF greater predictability in its efforts to help children and young people,’ said Minister of Foreign affairs Børge Brende. Read more

Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A new fund for education in emergencies, Education Cannot Wait, will be launched at the world Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul today. ‘The aim is to increase access to education for children and young people in emergencies. This is important not only for the individuals concerned, but also for the future of the countries they are living in. Norway is providing up to NOK 100 million for the first... Read more

Photo: Astrid Sehl, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Norway will provide NOK 208 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in 2016, twice as much as in 2015. ‘There are still urgent humanitarian needs that are not being met. Eight million Afghans need protection and emergency assistance. Every single day so far this year almost a thousand people have had to flee their homes,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who is visiting Kabul... Read more

Photo: Norwegian Embassy in Berlin.

‘The arts are a key element of the global exchange of ideas and opinions, and it is important for Norway to make its voice heard here. This is one of the Government’s priorities, and we are therefore delighted that Norway has been chosen as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2019,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs... Read more

Photo: The Norwegian Mission to the EU.

‘In the coming years, the EEA and Norway Grants will primarily be used to promote innovation and growth in Europe through cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker. Read more

The agreement was signed 27 April by Secretary General in Save the Children, Tove R. Wang, and Assistant Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ingunn Vatne.

Norway is continuing to step up its effort to promote education for children in areas affected by crisis and conflict Read more

‘The earthquake has severely affected over a million people in Ecuador. There is an urgent need to get aid to the affected areas, and Norway is providing NOK 15 million for this purpose,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.   In addition to the ongoing search and rescue efforts, there is a great need for shelter, water, food and other forms of emergency aid, following the earthquak Read more

The donor group for Palestine (AHLC) confirms its support for the two-state solution Read more