Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre spoke with India’s Minister for External Affairs, S.M. Krishna. They discussed the issue of two Indian children who are in the custody of the Child Welfare Services in the Norwegian town of Stavanger.
Foreign Minister Støre assured Minister Krishna that the Norwegian authorities are working hard to find a solution that is in the best interests of the children involved. Mr Støre stressed that child welfare interventions of this nature are rare and uniquely based on safeguarding the wellbeing of the children.
Mr Støre referred to the Child Welfare Services in Stavanger, which have firmly denied that this case is based in any way on cultural prejudice or misinterpretation.
The two ministers agreed that close contact between the competent Norwegian and Indian child welfare authorities would be essential for finding a solution that is in the best interests of the children involved.
The Child Welfare Services are at present in dialogue with the Indian Embassy in Oslo and the parents’ legal representative to find a solution that can be recommended to Stavanger District Court, which is currently dealing with the issue.
According to Indian newsportal, Ibnlive, Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Sunday spoke to Indian Ambassador in Norway, asking him to meet Norwegian Foreign Minister and demand for release and handover kids to their parents.
“If at any cost it can't be done as per their laws, then kids should be sent back to India to their grandparents. It should be treated with utmost seriousness,” he said. Krishna will be speaking to Norwegian Foreign Minister on Monday.