Rice vows to continue working with Norway on ME

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday said she will continue working with Norway on seeking Middle East peace despite sharply divergent views on the Palestinians' new unity government. Last month, Norway became the first western country to recognize the new Hamas-led coalition after a year of refusing to deal with the previous Hamas government. The United States has continued to distance itself from the coalition, but meets with some ministers. "As for contact policies, those will vary from state to state. As for our view, the United States on a selected basis will have contacts with ministers who have accepted and are themselves committed to the principles," Rice said at a news conference with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere.