Norway and the United States: A 'Superb Alliance'

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 26, 2015
Secretary Kerry Listens as Norwegian Foreign Minister Brende Addresses Reporters

Secretary of State John Kerry and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende met today at the Department of State in Washington to discuss a range of global issues of mutual concern.

Following their meeting, Secretary Kerry thanked Foreign Minister Brende for his extraordinary partnership and for "always being willing to step up" on major crises.  The Secretary said, "...Borge was here for our Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. Norway is making major contributions to the Syria conflict, helping to provide humanitarian assistance. Norway is a critical partner with respect to the protection of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We work with Norway on Middle East peace. They are constantly engaged in helping to both support the rights of Israelis to be free from violence, but also the rights of Palestinians to have a better life, to be able to receive the humanitarian aid that they need. So it is safe to say that on every major conflict in the world today, Norway -- not the biggest country in the world, but the biggest in heart and in commitment -- is always by our side and is a superb ally."

Foreign Minister Brende thanked the United States for its leadership in developing a coalition to counter ISIL.  Foreign Minister Brende said, "...the U.S. leadership now and your personal engagement in getting this coalition against ISIL in place is extremely important. And I think we’ve done this in a good and strategic way, getting all the Arab countries on board, a new government in Baghdad – more inclusive, and now starting the real fight against ISIL and making also advances in Iraq.” Foreign Minister Brende also emphasized the importance of U.S. leadership on Middle East Peace and welcomed the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

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