Norway Progress Party announced it was leaving the right-wing coalition government over the repatriation of an alleged Islamic State member and her two children last week.
“We don’t compromise with people who have voluntarily joined terror organisations,” party leader Siv Jensen told reporters in Oslo.
“We don’t get enough of the Progress Party’s policies through,” Jensen added.
Without the Progress Party, the coalition, headed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, loses its majority in parliament, but she will still remain in charge.
While announcing her party’s decision, Jensen said it was “natural” that Solberg would remain Prime minister.
The 29-year-old Norwegian woman of Pakistani origin, was married to an Islamic State fighter.
The Progress Party had been in favour of bringing back the children but opposed her return, but all of them the mothere and her two children were repatriated to Norway on humanitarian grounds. The other three parties making up the coalition government ignored the objections of Progress Party and approved it.
The woman is accused of being a member of both the Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State and was arrested by arrival.
Her five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter, born to different jihadist fighters, have been hospitalised.
The United Nations Security Council in a unanimous vote approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across Syria to allow aid access to the population.
The UN Security Council demands in the resolution that “all parties cease hostilities without delay and engage immediately to ensure full and comprehensive implementation of this demand by all parties, for a durable humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days throughout Syria.”
The ceasefire will enable “safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of humanitarian aid and services and medical evacuations of the critically sick and wounded, in accordance with applicable international law.”
However the cessation of hostilities will not apply to military operations against the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Al Nusra Front, which is also outlawed in Russia, and other terrorist groups. The military operations against these groups will continue, TASS news agency reports.
“Unprecedented terrorist aggression has been seen in Europe, the United States, and the countries that are our allies under the Collective Security Treaty Organisation in Asia – all this presents a serious threat to international security”, said Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov addressing MunichSecurity conference. (The full text of the speech here: http://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/2086892)
Russian minister expressed concern over the overall degradation of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa after ‘Arab Spring’, and migrant crisis in Europe, pointing at the threat of terrorism to expand in Middle East, North Africa.
Lavrov claimed a “certain success” in the fight against ISIS, al-Nusra Front, and the other terroristic groups, however he underlined that the international community has failed so far to create a “truly efficient anti-terrorist front”, blaming “inability” to put aside nonentity matters, and curb geopolitical ambitions.
Lavrov called for a “true union” of the leading nations against international terrorism, and also to prevent the collapse of Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan, infiltrated by ISIS, using the lack of unified strategy to their advantage.