Norway's Foreign Affairs Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide, who is paying a visit to Bucharest, stated that the relations between Romania and the Kingdom of Norway are very good and "they will further thrive in the future."
"I start by saying that I am very delighted to be here, in Bucharest, to meet my good colleague Teodor Melescanu and, as Mr Minister said, to be pleased with this very good bilateral relation. I've seen, over the last decade, a substantial increase and a diversification of our bilateral cooperation and I believe, taking into account the discussions that we carried out today, that there is no secret that our bilateral relations will further thrive in the future. And, even though we are not members of the European Union, we are interested in developing relations on the continent, the same continent as as ours, we have the same vision and we are looking forward to Romania's Presidency [of the EU Council]. We discussed a series of topics, aspects, about how we can cooperate during the Romanian Presidency (...) It is also an important opportunity for us to find out the priorities, the cooperation that we can have during the presidency, but also to present Norway's standpoint and vision," Ine Eriksen Soreide stated on Monday at a joint conference with her Romanian counterpart Teodor Melescanu.
Brexit also represented a topic of discussion.
"We also talked about Brexit, a point on everybody's agenda these days, certainly and important point on the Romanian Presidency agenda because we will have Brexit during this period (...), but we will also have the elections of the European Parliament in the spring, you will have a very busy agenda. Moreover, we talked on the observance of the rule of law, how to work together on the initiatives during the presidency. And, as Mr Minister mentioned, the cooperation expanded, Romania is (...) the second country to receive grants from Norway for the period 2014-2021 and this is why we are also trying to work together in the inclusion of green economy in a European context. Furthermore, one of the objectives of this cooperation is to strengthen the economic cooperation, the rule of law, to support business development and renewable energy," the Norwegian Minister stated.
Referring to the potential for cooperation between the two states, she mentioned that three ships will be built in Romania by Norwegian investors.
The Norwegian Foreign Minister added that also discussed within the meeting was the topic of Romanians residing in Norway. "I told the Minister, during the meeting, that we have around 16,000 Romanians in Norway, they are great Romanian ambassadors, they are very appreciated where they are," said Ine Eriksen Soreide.
According to her, also discussed at the meeting were aspects related to the developments of the Eastern Neighborhood.
"We expressed our concern regarding Russia's stance in respect to the ships sent by them. Moreover, we reiterated the support for the sovereignty of Ukraine's territory and, of course, we have expressed our concerns in this sector," Ine Eriksen Soreide stated.