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Foreign Minister Maas in Norway

Foreign Minister Maas with his counterpart Ine Eriksen Søreide

Foreign Minister Maas with his counterpart Ine Eriksen Søreide, © Xander Heinl/photothek.net

17.06.2019 - Article

Working together to foster multilateralism: In Oslo, Foreign Minister Maas discusses how to strengthen international cooperation with his counterpart Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Foreign Minister Maas travelled to Norway for a working visit on Friday. The aim of the talks: Germany and Norway want to do more together to promote values such as international cooperation, fair rules and human rights. To this end, Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide presented a “white book on multilateralism”. It contained a collection of proposals and ideas which could be translated into bills at a later point in time.

Partners are crucial

Working together to foster multilateralism: Foreign Minister Maas in Oslo
Working together to foster multilateralism: Foreign Minister Maas in Oslo© Xander Heinl/photothek.net

“In international politics, it’s not the one who makes the most enemies that ultimately holds the upper hand. Rather, it’s the one who has the best partners,” emphasised Maas. He went on to say that national self-determination was only possible today with international coordination. Protecting international law, fostering cooperation, making the UN strong: Germany and Norway have the same approach when it comes to promoting multilateralism.

Germany and Norway have the same outlook

Deutschland und Norwegen teilen die gleiche Perspektive auf viele internationale Probleme. Beide Länder engagieren sich so zum Beispiel stark für humanitäre Hilfe, den Kampf gegen die globale Erwärmung und die Stärkung der Vereinten Nationen. Mit einer kürzlich vorgestellten Deutschland-Strategie hat das norwegische  Außenministerium Deutschland als seinenGermany and Norway have the same standpoint on many international problems. For example, both countries are actively engaged in providing humanitarian assistance, combating global warming and strengthening the United Nations. With the strategy on relations with Germany presented recently, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry highlighted the fact that Germany is Norway’s most important partner in Europe. Foreign Minister Maas said in Oslo that “Norway’s prosperity is a result of its openness and willingness to compromise”. He added that it was the perfect partner for Germany in its efforts to strengthen multilateralism. wichtigsten Partner in Europa besonders hervorgehoben. “Norwegens Wohlstand ist ein Ergebnis seiner Offenheit und Kompromissfähigkeit”, so Außenminister Maas in Oslo – der perfekte Partner für Deutschland, um gemeinsam den Multilateralismus zu stärken.

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