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The U.S. Sends New Ambassador to Norway after 869 Days

The U.S. Senate confirmed ambassador to Norway on Friday, ending a drawn-out political fight between Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz, writes Minnesota Star Tribune.

US President Barack Obama nominated Samuel D. Heins as the new ambassador Norway last spring.

Heins is 72 years old and from Minnesota. He was one of the biggest monetary donors when Obama ran for re-election. 

Outside of Norway, Minnesota is home to the largest Norwegian population in the world.

– Our nation shares a strong bond with both countries and nowhere is that more evident than in Minnesota, which has the largest Scandinavian population in the country, said Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

It is gratifying that the US Senate has approved the nomination of Sam Heins as the new US Ambassador to Norway, writes Norway’s Foreign Minister Brende on Twitter.

– Welcome to Oslo, he writes.

The US has not had an ambassador in Norway since 2013. In December, the ex-ambassador Ben Whitney said that it threatens the economic and political ties between the countries, and sent an apology to both the government and the Norwegian people, writes NRK.

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