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Norwegian Foreign Minister met EU Presidency

"Norway is an important partner", said Jean Asselborn, President of the Council of the European Union and Luxembourg’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration when he met Foreign Minister Jan Petersen for talks on EU-related issues in Luxembourg on 25 January.

15/02/2006 :: The meeting was part of the regular political consultations between the Norwegian Government and the EU Presidency.

In addition to current EU and EEA issues such as further enlargement, the agenda included ESDP, the relationship between the EU and NATO, EU-Russia and EU-Ukraine relations, the Northern Dimension and the European Neighbourhood Policy.

The foreign ministers also discussed other topical international issues, such as the situation in the Middle East, Iraq, the Western Balkans, Sudan, Sri Lanka and international efforts to help the tsunami victims in Asia.

After the meeting, Mr. Asselborn confirmed that the relations between the EU and Norway are very warm and that Norway is an important partner. "Even if Norway is not sitting at the European table, it is part of the Community, notably through its participation in the Internal Marked", said Asselborn. He also assured his Norwegian counterpart that it was the role of the Presidency to find a solution to the problem of possible safeguard measures against Norwegian salmon. The Luxembourg Minister underlined the role Norway is playing in the Middle East Peace Process, both historically and as chairman of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, coordinating international donor efforts in the Palestinian Territories.

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