Former US ambassador dies

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Veteran Norwegian diplomat Kjeld Vibe died late last week in Oslo, age 84. Vibe was perhaps best-known for his lengthy period as Norway’s ambassador to the US in the 1990s.

Vibe, born in Stavanger, joined the Foreign Ministry in 1955. He was first posted to Norway’s embassy in Washington in 1965, returning as ambassador in 1989, a prestigious position he held until retiring in 1996.

In between, Vibe (pronounced “Veé-beh”) served at the ministry itself in Oslo, as Norway’s ambassador to NATO in Brussels from 1977 to 1984 and in the senior post of utenriksråd (undersecretary of state) from 1984 to 1989, when he was named ambassador to Washington.

He is survived by his wife Beate, four children including his diplomat son Johan, and several grandchildren. Funeral services were set for 2pm Thursday, February 3, at Ullern kirke (church) in Oslo.

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