The U.S. Foreign Minister John Kerry called Brende on Saturday night and the two agreed that Norway should be more active to get the parties to agree on a ceasefire, writes NTB.
– We discussed the cycle of violence in the Middle East in general and the deterioration particularly in Gaza. The U.S. is very keen to establish a ceasefire and we were discussing how we can best contribute to this, he said.
Brende also noted that for Norway it is a totally unacceptable situation for the civilians in Gaza.
In the frame of this initiative, Brendese, as head of the donor group for the Palestinia, held an important meeting in Doha with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday.