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Travel ban for Norwegian citizen in Egypt lifted

By Norway - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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OSLO, Norway, March 2, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Norwegian citizen charged in the case against NGO workers in Egypt left the country last night after a travel ban was lifted by the Egyptian authorities.

“I am very pleased that this matter has now been resolved,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, who had himself raised the issue with his Egyptian counterpart and the head of intelligence during his visit to Cairo on Wednesday.

The agreement that has allowed the Norwegian citizen to leave Egypt was negotiated by the US authorities.

“This step by the Egyptian authorities will help to normalise relations and enhance the climate for cooperation. Egypt must ensure favourable conditions for civil society organisations if it is to navigate this period of transition successfully,” said Mr Støre.