Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, signed an agreement for the upgrading of the Palestinian delegation in Norway on 18 July 2011.
Photo: Marta B. Haga | President Abbas signed the agreement in Oslo 18 July.§ Support to Palestinian institution building has been a main priority for Norway since the Oslo Accords in 1993. The aim has been to build up a two-state solution and foster the foundation for a Palestinian statehood with negotiation.
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- This reflects the positive trend towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state under President Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's leadership, said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
The agreement, which has been put in force immediately, enables Palestina to send an ambassador to Norway. The Palestinian representation will be referred as "the Palestinian Mission," which used to be called as "The Palestinian General Delegation". The representation will hereafter represent both the PLO and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Earlier, the Palestinian representation had diplomatic privileges in line with other countries' representation in Norway.