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Federal Foreign Minister in Norway
April 29th, 2014
News from Berlin - On April 28th and 29th, Foreign Minister Steinmeier is holding talks in Oslo with the Norwegian government and NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.
Having travelled to Oslo on Monday, Steinmeier met first with the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg. Together, they discussed both the excellent state of German-Norwegian relations as well current foreign policy crises, with particular focus on the conflict in Ukraine, as Steinmeier states, ‘The situation in Ukraine is worrying and is seemingly worsening from day to day.’
In an evening talk with Steinmeier’s Norwegian counterpart, Børge Brende, foreign policy challenges were again the focal point of the discussion, this time with reference to Russia’s role in the Ukrainian conflict. The ministers exchanged opinions about bilateral and European topics; the future of the Middle Eastern peace process and the recent death sentences in Egypt.
On 29th April, Steinmeier met the former Norwegian Prime Minister and recently elected NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, who will take over from Anders Fogh Rasmussen on 1st October 2014. The politicians discussed the recent challenges and strategic alignment of transatlantic military bodies.
To conclude his visit, Steinmeier will meet with the Norwegian Minister for EEA- and EU-affairs, Vidar Helgesen. The close cooperation between Norway and the EU is, among others, shown through their fishing policies and in particular, through economic cooperation.
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