Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide

Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide (born 2 May 1976) is a Norwegian politician serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2017, the first woman to hold the position.[1] Previously, she was the Minister of Defence from 2013 to 2017.[2] A member of the Conservative Party, she was elected in 2005 as a member of the Storting for Oslo. Søreide was appointed Norway's Foreign Minister on 20 October 2017.[3] She succeeded Børge Brende.[4]

Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide

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Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
20 October 2017
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded byBørge Brende
Minister of Defence
In office
16 October 2013 – 20 October 2017
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded byAnne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen
Succeeded byFrank Bakke-Jensen
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
19 October 2001
ConstituencyOslo
Leader of the Young Conservatives
In office
24 June 2000 – 20 June 2004
Preceded byJohn-Ragnar Aarset
Succeeded byTorbjørn Røe Isaksen
Personal details
Born (1976-05-02) 2 May 1976 (age 45)
Lørenskog, Norway
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Øystein Eriksen Søreide
(m. 2006)
Alma materUniversity of Tromsø

CareerEdit

Born in Lørenskog in 1976, Søreide studied law at the University of Tromsø, while at university she joined the Conservative Party and got involved in local politics. In 2000 she became a member of the Conservative Party Central Executive Committee and Chairman of the Norwegian Young Conservatives. Eriksen Søreide started work as a producer at Metropol TV, she was also elected a Deputy Member of the Storting for Oslo. Following Metropol's closure Eriksen Søreide joined Grette Law Firm as a trainee. She was elected to Parliament in the 2001 election, and was re-elected in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017.

Minister of DefenceEdit

After the election victory following the 2013 election, Søreide was appointed minister of defence in the Solberg cabinet.

In an interview in connection with the Crimean crisis in 2014, Søreide called for higher armaments efforts from all European NATO states.[5]

In the summer of 2013, while Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen was still Minister of Defence, the Storting decided to introduce gender-neutral conscription in the Norwegian Armed Forces, and it was introduced in 2015 under Søreide's leadership.[6]

In February 2017, ahead of the NATO summit in May, Søreide expressed that it wasn’t realistic to reduce two percent of BNP on defence spending in the 20 year period given. This goal was never reached during her tenure, though the defence spending did increase year by year.[7]

Minister of Foreign AffairsEdit

Following the 2017 election, Søreide was appointed minister of foreign affairs, succeeding Børge Brende, who had been appointed president of the World Economic Forum. She was also the first female to be appointed to the position.

In January 2019, Søreide expressed support for the Norwegian participation in the Libya conflict, and called the right call to make, but was critical to the lack of planning of the participation’s aftermath. She also stated that “enough wasn’t done to stabilise Libya after the military participation”.[8]

In January 2020, the news came that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government decided in the autumn of 2019 to bring home a Norwegian, a presumably terminally ill boy. The case was controversial because both the sister and the mother were accused of terrorism and was also brought back to Norway. This was an alternative no one wanted, the government had said they would bring Norwegian children home if requested, but in this case it was not possible. In the end, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the majority of the government made the decision to bring them home, which triggered an assessment in the Progress Party's national board about thee party's government participation where they concluded to withdraw from the government.[9] Søreide stated that the decision was made on humanitarian grounds and knowledge that was the basis for an assumed sick child.[10]

In August 2020, Søreide's spokeswoman, Trude Maaseide, said that an unnamed Russian diplomat working at the trade section of the Russian embassy in Oslo was expelled for linking to the case of a man jailed on the accusation of spying for Russia.[11] It appeared the expelled diplomat was the Russian intelligence officer that Norwegian authorities said was meeting with the suspected spy (a Norwegian citizen) in an Oslo restaurant when he was arrested.[11]

Søreide hailed the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as a positive development and said Norway welcomed any move that led toward peace in the Middle East.[12]

In January 2021, following the Trump Administration’s decision to list Cuba as a country that promotes terrorism, Søreide expressed criticism of the move and called it “regrettable”. She also cited the peace negotiations in Colombia with the nation, and that “the American administration now made sure to put a toll on Cubans with the negotiators being unable to leave Cuba”.[13]

Storting committeesEdit

  • 2009–2013: Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence
  • 2005–2009: Chair of the Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs
  • 2001–2005: member of the Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Norway Gets A Female Foreign Minister First Time in History - The Nordic Page". The Nordic Page. 2017-10-20. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  2. ^ "Norway: new strategy to prevent flow of fighters to Iraq, Syria". World Bulletin News desk. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  3. ^ Ask, Alf Ole (2017-10-20). "Tre bytter i Regjeringen – Ine Eriksen Søreide første kvinnelige utenriksminister" (Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  4. ^ "Norway Gets A Female Foreign Minister First Time in History - The Nordic Page". The Nordic Page. 2017-10-20. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  5. ^ "Reactions to the Ukraine conflict" (in German). Tagesschau. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Facts about gender neutral conscription" (in Norwegian). forsvaret.no. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Søreide: Can't guarantee that Norway reaches two percent" (in Norwegian). VG. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Søreide: Important to take wisdom from the war in Libya" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "The Progress Party withdraws from government" (in Norwegian). VG. 21 January 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "The foreign minister: The reason we brought the ISIS woman home" (in Norwegian). NRK. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 17 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ a b Norway expels Russian diplomat after arresting suspected spy. 2020-08-19. Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  12. ^ "'Normalization between Israel and United Arab Emirats positive'" (Press release). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. 14 August 2020.
  13. ^ "The foreign minister with new sharp criticism against the Trump administration" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 12 January 2021. Retrieved 1 May 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


Political offices
Preceded by
Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen
Minister of Defence
2013–2017
Succeeded by
Frank Bakke-Jensen
Preceded by
Børge Brende
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2017–present
Incumbent