Norway’s Foreign Minister Visits Bildt

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Störe visited his new Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt here in Stockholm Monday.

Their discussions ranged from North Korea’s claimed nuclear weapons test to  cooperation in northern Europe and joint United Nations missions. Sweden and Norway plan to take part in a peacekeeping force in Darfur, if Sudan’s government ever allows the mission to go forward.

Meanwhile, back in Norway, the Swedish embassy has chosen not to take part in a major anti-terrorism exercise in Oslo next week. Swedish ambassador Mats Ringborg says his embassy doesn’t have the resources to take part, and that they will be holding their own crisis exercise later this year.

Next week’s exercise is intended to test public services in the event of attacks like those in Madrid two years ago. The British, Pakistani, and the other Nordic embassies will be taking part.