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9 February 2007
Foreign Minister welcomes Palestinian unity government
“Norway welcomes the agreement to form a Palestinian unity government. This is an important step towards halting internal violence among the Palestinians and creating stability in the Palestinian Territory,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
“Saudi Arabia has, together with Egypt, Syria and the Arab League, played a decisive role in the success of this process,” he added.
“We are very pleased to see that President Abbas’ efforts, which we have supported all along, have now resulted in a joint Palestinian government platform. This could make it possible for Norway to fully resume normal relations with the Palestinian Authority once a new unity government is in place. I am currently in contact with my colleagues in other countries to seek their support for the results President Abbas has achieved,” said Mr Støre.