The government of Norway will not ban the ritual circumcision of newborns, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende assured the Simon Wiesenthal Center in a letter sent last week.

“The Norwegian government recognizes the importance of ritual male circumcision for the Jewish community in Norway... [and] it will not propose a ban on ritual circumcision,” the letter stated.

Norway has sent mixed signals on the issue of circumcision in the past, with Health Minister Bent Hoie announcing earlier this month that new legislation on non-medical circumcision of boys under 18 will be introduced before April 20.