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Norwegian foreign minister gives speech at LSE

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Norway's new minister of foreign affairs Jonas Gahr Støre gave a lecture on Norway's main foreign policy priorities at the London School of Economics and Political Science today (Wednesday 26 October).

Speaking to an audience of LSE students, staff and invited guests, he focused on the main foundations of Norway's foreign policy, commenting on the country's contribution to the fight against terror, its efforts to seize new opportunities to halt conflicts and fight poverty, and finally focusing on the developments in Norway's immediate neighbourhood - the High North.

The lecture was chaired by Professor Barry Buzan of LSE's International Relations Department, and hosted by Professor Sarah Worthington, LSE deputy director.

The event formed part of a royal visit to the UK by members of the Norwegian royal family and was in the presence of HRH Crown Prince Haakon, an LSE alumnus, who graduated with an MSc in Development Studies in 2003.

Jonas Gahr Støre was appointed to his position following the Norwegian General Election in September, when a new centre-left government succeeded the previous centre-right government.

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26 October 2005