State Secretary Tore Hattrem visits Sri Lanka 31 May – 1 June. The purpose of the visit is to have bilateral meetings and to develop further the business cooperation between Sri Lanka and Norway. The visit follows the successful visit of Foreign Minister Børge Brende in January. Mr Hattrem served as ambassador to Sri Lanka during 2007-2010
Det har regnet kraftig i deler av Sri Lanka den siste uken, noe som har medført flom flere steder. Det har også gått flere jordskred i fjellskråninger i høylandet sørvest for Kandy . Nordmenn som reiser i området, eller som planlegger å reise dit, oppfordres til å holde seg orienterte om situasjonen gjennom media, og å følge lokale myndigheters råd. Ambassaden kan alltid kontaktes ved behov.
Today, World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated with more than 100 events all over the world. The overarching theme for this year’s international event is access to information and fundamental freedoms.
Without a political process to resolve the conflict, strengthening Palestine’s economic sustainability is the most efficient way of defending the two-state solution,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. But this cannot substitute the efforts to resolve the conflict through a political process.
Norway is earmarking NOK 40 million for efforts to help people with disabilities and to combat sexual violence in humanitarian crises. ‘Certain groups are more vulnerable than others in situations of war and conflict. Norway will intensify its efforts to prevent violence and injury, and to help those who are affected,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.