Productive dialogue with Norway and other Nordic countries – priority for Lithuania

Productive dialogue with Norway and other Nordic countries – priority for Lithuania

Tuesday, April 5, Oslo - President Dalia Grybauskaitė started a two-day state visit in Norway. The President was officially welcomed at the Royal Palace, where she met with King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Astrid.

Having underlined that this year Lithuania and Norway were celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, the President thanked Norway and its people for their support extended to our state at a very important moment in its history - restoration of independence.

According to public protocol requirements, the Lithuanian and Norwegian leaders exchanged the highest state decorations as a token of recognition of each other's personal contribution to the development of bilateral relations and their active involvement in the promotion of cooperation between the two nations.

After the meeting with the Royal Family, the President gave a lecture ‘Energy Geopolitics: Reasons and Achievements of Nordic-Baltic Cooperation' in the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, dealing with geopolitical aspects of energy-related problems in Europe and underlining the need and mutual benefit of promoting active cooperation with Norway and other Nordic countries. The President also answered questions put by the students, the professoriate and guest experts.

"By this first state visit to Norway I wanted to underline and draw attention to the fact that the Northern dimension is one of Lithuania's foreign policy priorities and that our relations with Northern Europe are acquiring a shape of a very concrete and productive dialogue. Lithuanian-Norwegian relations are a perfect example of cooperation based on interests of the two peoples. Norway's political and financial support to Lithuania is very valuable and we have very good prospects of cooperation in the field of energy," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

After the visit at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, the President, together with the King of Norway, will lay a wreath at the National Monument in the Akershus Fortress, and will later have a meeting with the President of the Storting and Norway's Prime Minister. During the visit, memorandums of understanding concerning the implementation of the Norwegian and the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanisms 2009-2014 providing for support in the amount of 84 million euros to Lithuanian projects, and a bilateral agreement concerning the transfer of sentenced offenders to serve sentence in their home country will be signed.
Press Service of the Lithuanian President

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