Deepening the U.S. Partnership With Northern Europe

On May 16, Finnish Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde welcomed me and the Nordic-Baltic (NB) Ambassadors to her home on Embassy Row for a candid discussion on some of the most pressing global challenges we face today.  Over a traditional Scandinavian breakfast, we exchanged views on a wide-range of issues, from the DPRK to ending the bloodshed in Syria to climate change in the Arctic.  I very much appreciated hearing from our close friends. MORE

Ten Things You Should Know About the Arctic and the Arctic Council
An Iceberg Is Seen Off Ammassalik Island in Eastern Greenland

1.  The Arctic Council is comprised of eight member countries: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. MORE

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on March 12, 2013.  A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/03/206018.htm.

Secretary Clinton Travels to Europe and Eurasia

Secretary Clinton boards plane in Beirut, Lebanon, April 26, 2009. [State Department Photo]

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey from May 31-June 7. In Denmark, Secretary Clinton will hold bilateral meetings with senior Danish officials in Copenhagen. She will also participate in the kick-off event for Green Partnerships for Growth, a bilateral initiative to promote green technology through public and private sector partnerships.

On June 1, Secretary Clinton will travel to Oslo, Norway, to meet with senior Norwegian officials and give keynote remarks at a global health conference hosted by the Norwegian government titled, “A World in Transition… more »

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere at the Department of State on August 12, 2011. Secretary Clinton and Norwegian Foreign Minister Stoere discussed a wide-range of issues, including promoting sustainable development, protecting human rights, supporting the NATO mission to protect civilians in Libya, as well as the situations in Syria and Afghanistan.

Secretary Clinton said, “Before I begin about the matters that we were discussing, I want once again to offer our deepest sympathies on behalf of the American people to our friends in Norway, especially the families of those who lost loved ones. In the days since those terrible events, the whole world has once again witnessed the resilience and dignity of the Norwegian people as they have comforted the bereaved, healed the wounded, and pulled together on behalf… more »

Promoting Religious Tolerance Around the World
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 15, 2011. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Suzan D. Johnson Cook serves as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

As the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, a big part of my job is combating religious intolerance and encouraging respect for religious diversity around the world. It is my belief that in order to live peacefully side by side, we cannot allow violence based on religion to continue under any circumstances. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of those injured and killed in Norway last week, and I join the President and Secretary in offering my deepest sympathies in this moment of sorrow. It is heart-wrenching to hear every day about violence committed in the name of religion or because of one’s religious beliefs or lack of religious belief.

It is with this in mind that I want to share with you some of the ways that we are working to combat religious intolerance. During my recent trip to Istanbul, Turkey, I traveled with Secretary Clinton… more »

Attacks in Norway

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

July 22, 2011

The United States strongly condemns today’s attacks in Oslo and Utoya Island. We stand with the people of Norway in this moment of sorrow and offer our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those injured and killed.

The United States condemns all forms of violence against the innocent, wherever it occurs. We will continue to work with the international community to combat violence that threatens peace-loving people everywhere.

The United States will continue to consult closely with our Norwegian partners as the investigation unfolds. We remain ready to support the Norwegian Government as it seeks to bring the perpetrators of this violence to justice.

Attacks in Norway

Debris covers the area outside a building in the centre of Oslo, July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the office of the prime minister, shattering windows and covering the street with documents. [AP Photo]

The United States condemns the despicable acts of violence in Oslo today. The United States has reached out to the Norwegian Government to express our condolences and offer our support. U.S. citizens who require assistance in Norway should contact the U.S. Embassy in Oslo at osloamcit@state.gov or +47 2130-8550 or +47 2244-8550.

President Barack Obama said, “…There has been a bombing in Oslo, Norway, as well as a shooting there. We don’t have information yet, but I wanted to personally extend my condolences to the people of Norway. And it’s a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring. And so we have to work cooperatively together both on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks.

"I remember fondly my visit to Oslo and how warmly the people of Norway treated me. And so our hearts go out to them, and we’ll provide any support we can to them as they investigate these occurrences."

In a press statement, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, “The United States strongly condemns today’s attacks in Oslo and Utoya Island. We stand with the people of Norway in this moment of sorrow and offer our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those injured and killed. The United States condemns all forms of violence against the innocent, wherever it occurs. We will continue to work with the international community to combat violence that threatens peace-loving people everywhere. The United States will continue to consult closely with our Norwegian partners as the investigation unfolds. We remain ready to support the Norwegian Government as it seeks to bring the perpetrators of this violence to justice.”

Go to travel.state.gov, norway.usembassy.gov, and @USEmbassyOslo for additional information on the situation in Norway.