Foreign Minister Børge Brende visits Santi Fernando Central Elementary School in the Philippines. 
Photo: Astrid Sehl / Utenriksdepartementet.Foreign Minister Børge Brende visits Santi Fernando Central Elementary School in the Philippines. Photo: Astrid Sehl / Utenriksdepartementet

‘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.

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‘Today, on World Humanitarian Day 2016, I want to draw attention to the crises that often overlooked and underfunded. The Government is therefore increasing Norway’s humanitarian funding for the crises in South Sudan and Yemen by NOK 60 million. South Sudan and Yemen are two of the most underfunded humanitarian crises in the world today,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Aleppo, Syria. 
Photo: IHH, Humanitarian Relief Foundation.

‘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.

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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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