Støre: “Radical Islam not a problem in Norway”

Photo: Berit Hessen.

During his first TV-interview as the Labor Party’s candidate for the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, said that radical Islam is not a problem in Norway.

Støre tells NRK he wishes to build a multicultural Norway, and emphasizes that Norway has changed.

“Norway has become a society with people with many different backgrounds. We should come to terms with that,” the Foreign Minister explains. On the other hand his party colleague Martin Kolberg warned against radical islam earlier this year.

“The challenge is to create ‘the Norwegian us,’ where every human being has the right to be seen,” said Støre, who underlines: “Radical Islam is not a problem in Norway today”.

He still doesn’t want to admit that he and Kolberg disagree, and says his colleague warned against the use of violence in the name of religion.

When asked if the Labor Party has different wings, he said: “Of course members of our party have different opinions. That is just natural, it is supposed to be that way,” said Støre, who has served as Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs since October 17, 2005.

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