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PM on official visit to Norway

Released at: 16:09, 25/05/2019

PM on official visit to Norway

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and PM Erna Solberg in Oslo on May 24 (Photo: VNA)

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Norway from May 24 to 26.

by Long Van

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse, accompanied by high-ranking government officials, arrived in Oslo on May 24 for an official visit to Norway from May 24 to 26, at the invitation of Norwegian Prime Minister Ema Solberg.

According to a report from the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), during his talks with Prime Minister Solberg on the same day, Prime Minister Phuc affirmed that Vietnam attaches great importance to developing its traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Norway, viewing it as an important partner in northern Europe.

He thanked the Norwegian Government and its people for their official development assistance (ODA) in recent years, which has helping Vietnam with socioeconomic development and the fulfillment of the UN Millennium Development Goals as well as international integration.

He called on Norway to maintain its development cooperation with Vietnam and support the country in such fields as environment, education, economic management, administrative reform, and bomb and mine clearance.

Prime Minister Solberg expressed her belief that Prime Minister Phuc’s visit will contribute to enhancing Vietnam-Norway relations.

The two leaders noted that progress has been made in cooperation in other areas, especially forestry, environment, fisheries, renewable energy, maritime transportation, and shipbuilding. However, bilateral trade has yet to match potential seen in both countries.

They both value the strong developments in bilateral ties across different spheres and agreed to step up exchanges of all-level delegations in order to create momentum for cooperation in various realms.

The leaders, therefore, agree to push ahead with negotiations of the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), to which Norway is coordinator.

The two countries will encourage their businesses to expand operations in the other market, particularly in solar energy, petroleum technological services, and the blue economy (ocean resources).

They will also promote the consumption and quality of their seafood, including Vietnamese tra fish and Norwegian salmon.

The leaders spoke highly of the Vietnam-Norway Business Forum held earlier on the same day in Oslo as part of Prime Minister’s Phuc visit, saying it helped enterprises seek cooperative opportunities and expand their investment and business.

They talked about partnerships in education and training and culture, and agreed to assign ministries to foster cooperation in new spheres regarding women, peace and security, tourism and sports, and people-to-people exchange.

Prime Minister Solberg lauded the role of the 20,000-strong Vietnamese community in Norway in developing the friendship and exchange between the two peoples.

Prime Minister Phuc suggested the Norwegian Government create more favorable conditions for the community to work and integrate.

During their talks, the leaders concurred that Vietnam and Norway should strengthen close coordination at multilateral forums, especially the UN, and within the cooperation framework of ASEAN-Norway and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), in the context of both countries running for non-permanent seats at the UN Security Council, with Vietnam’s bid for the 2020-2021 term and Norway’s for the 2021-2022 term.

They affirmed their common commitment to sustainable and inclusive development in accordance with the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing affiliation in forest protection, response to climate change and rising sea levels, and plastic waste management.

Both noted with pleasure the two countries’ mutual support at international forums and multi-lateral organizations, as well as their efforts to join hands with the international community for not only sustainable development but also global peace.

Regarding the East Sea issue, they exchanged views on the importance of and the need to ensure peace, stability, security, safety, and freedom of navigation and aviation in the area.

All disputes should be settled by peaceful means, in line with international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and other relevant regional documents, they said.

Prime Minister Solberg congratulated Vietnam on the socioeconomic achievements the country has recorded over the past time, and praised its rising role in the region and the world, in particular its hosting of recent major international events.

Prime Minister Phuc also met with King Harald V of Norway on the same day.

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