The purpose of Brende’s Middle East trip is to better relations between Israel and Palestine. The Norwegian minister wishes to support Palestinian institutions, whose functioning serve as a precondition for a two-state solution.
It is Brende’s opinion that a two-state solution is the only viable way to create sustainable peace between Palestine and Israel. He believes this will require negotiations and compromise on difficult issues such as refugees, security and the status of Jerusalem.
During Brende’s day in Amman he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian Foreign minister, Nasser Judeh. The trip’s remaining two days will be spent in Palestine and Israel meeting with various government officials.
The Norwegian minister states he is highly concerned about recent developments in Israel and Palestine and hopes to encourage efforts toward a safer security situation and strengthened trust between the two.