Press conference after Cairo International Conference on Palestine Press conference after Cairo International Conference on Palestine "Reconstructing Gaza". Foreign Minister Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shoukry and Deputy Prime Minister of Palestine, Mohammed Mustafa. Photo: Frode Overland Andersen/MFA

A total of USD 5.4 billion in assistance to Palestine was pledged at the international donor conference for Gaza and Palestine. ‘This solid result demonstrates massive international support for the Palestinian people. It sends a strong signal that the world is standing together to rebuild Gaza. We expect that Israel will do its part to reverse its access restrictions on Gaza, so that the...

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Photo: (Kailash Satyarthi) Senado Federal. (Flickr)/(Malala Yousafzai) Prime Minister’s Office (Flickr).

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 has been awarded the Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and the Pakistani children’s education activist Malala Yousafzai.

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The Governments of Egypt and Norway, together with President Mahmoud Abbas, are hosting a conference on reconstructing Gaza in Cairo on 12 October.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge Brende visits his Egyptian colleague Mr. Sameh Shoukry on 9 September 2014. 
Photo: Frode Overland Andersen/MFA.

The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, held meetings in Cairo on September 9 as part of his visit to Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.

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‘Worldwide, around 125 million girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation. The fight to eliminate female genital mutilation in Norway and internationally is a high priority for the Government. Norway has set the new and ambitious goal of eliminating this harmful practice in the course of one generation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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‘The UN has declared an emergency in Gaza. A large number of civilians have been wounded, and there is an urgent need to increase the capacity of hospitals and ambulance services. Norway is sending NOK 30 million in emergency aid to Gaza,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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‘The dramatic escalation of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is having completely unacceptable consequences for civilians. In my talks with Foreign Minister Lieberman and President Abbas, I have urged all parties to stop the attacks and resume efforts to bring about a political solution,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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‘I am deeply concerned about the trials that are taking place in Egypt and the sentences that are being imposed. Today’s judgment against three journalists is shocking and unacceptable. In addition, 183 death sentences that were pronounced earlier have been upheld,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Photo: AFP Photo/Lars Magne Hovtun.

‘We are very pleased that the process of transporting chemical weapons out of Syria has now been completed. The last consignment of chemicals was shipped out of Syria today. This means that the international community, working together, has managed to remove Syria’s declared chemical weapons in a peaceful manner. This is in line with the UN Security Council resolution on Syria’s chemical weapon...

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