Shipping braves new gulf risks

Nearly 40 ships with ownership ties to Norwegian investors have been in or around Hormuz and the gulfs on both sides this week. They’re braving threats of arrest or sabotage amid high political tension but also higher oil prices and chartering rates. Norway’s venerable shipping industry has long lived with political risk around the world. […]

Norway halts arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Norway won’t be issuing new licenses for the export of defense-related equipment to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide announced on Friday. The Norwegian government won’t allow exports of Norwegian weapons or ammunition, after “an overall evaluation” of developments in Saudi Arabia and the region. “We have decided that in the current situation, new […]

US opens doors to Solberg & Søreide

Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, fresh from her first official trip to the Middle East, was heading for Washington DC on Tuesday where she’ll team up with Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Together they’ll be having meetings on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump and all three of Trump’s men responsible for defense and foreign […]

Diplomats ‘star’ in award-winning play

Veteran Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen thinks it was a bit “embarrassing” to see himself portrayed in the hit play Oslo on Broadway. Now it’s won the US’ Tony Award as the best play of the year in New York, depicting the drama behind Norway’s landmark but failed attempt to broker peace in the Middle East […]

Norwegian leaders mourn Peres’ death

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg, her foreign minister Børge Brende and leaders of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo were among those mourning the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres during the night. The Nobel Peace Center quickly set up a memorial protocol where others could pay their respects, and Brende will be attending […]

Busy Brende won’t give up on peace

Norway’s globe-trotting foreign minister, Børge Brende, was back in the Middle East this week for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders after the recent elections in Israel. Brende reportedly was not optimistic after his meeting with the barely re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but as with all his other global goals amidst constant traveling, he […]

Brende hopeful after trip to Iran

Børge Brende became the first Norwegian foreign minister to visit Iran since 2002 over the weekend, and said he left feeling he’d had “good conversations” with Iran’s top leaders. Commentators believe the chances for a long-awaited agreement on Iran’s controversial atomic program have never been better. “Now Iran must show in practice that they don’t want […]