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Press Releases

17.01.2006

Plassnik: "Solidary partner of the EU and Austria"

Norwegian Foreign Minister in Vienna

 

Vienna, 17 January 2006 – Minister for Foreign Affairs Ursula Plassnik met her Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Störe for talks today. The discussions revolved around the Austrian EU Presidency's main priorities and cooperation between the EU and Norway. The Foreign Ministers also touched on current international topics such as the situation in the Middle East, Sudan, Iran and Sri Lanka.

“Relations between Austria and Norway are characterised by a shared family history in EFTA and the EEA. For us, Norway is a trusted and solidary partner, both in bilateral terms and within the framework of the EU”, the Austrian Foreign Minister said.

Minister Störe’s visit provided a welcome opportunity to exchange ideas with regard to cooperation between the EU and Norway in the coming months. “Norway enjoys close ties with the EU and is a valued Schengen partner. Our common interest in working together to combat organised crime and trafficking of people unites us – not only within the framework of the EEA, but also with regard to the OSCE and the UN. We shall continue our cooperation based on trust”, stated Minister Plassnik.

“We also agree on many areas of foreign policy. In the West Balkans, Norway - and particularly State Secretary Eide - has helped lay the foundations for the work which must now be carried out in Kosovo”, said the Austrian Foreign Minister. This was also relevant to the complementary activities of the EU and Norway in civilian crisis management and mediatory services in, among other places, Sudan and Sri Lanka.

Contact:

Foreign Ministry
Press Department
Within Austria: 050 1150-3262, 4549, 4550
International: ++43 50 1150-3262, 4549, 4550
Fax: 050 1159 213 bzw ++43 50 1159 213
mailto:abti3@bmaa.gv.at
http://www.aussenministerium.at

 

Date: 26.01.2006