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Norway Studying Oil Sale to Israel

Norwegian Foreign Minister haut Frydenlund has announced that his country is “seriously studying” Israel’s request for Norway to sell it oil and will give a reply next month. Frydenlund, who is attending the Scandinavian Foreign Ministers meeting in Copenhagen, said Norway’s decision will be given to Vice President Walter Mondale who is due to visit Oslo later this month.

“Israeli Premier Menachem Begin had asked Norway to supply Israel with some of its North Sea oil during his December visit to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize. Several influential public opinion sectors, including the Norwegian Labor Party and the daily “Arbederbladet,” have called on the government to conclude an agreement with Israel and not give in to Arab threats.