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QUESTION NO.457 VISIT OF NORWEGIAN PRIME MINISTER

February 07, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.457
TO BE ANSWERED ON 07.02.2019

VISIT OF NORWEGIAN PRIME MINISTER

457. SHRIMATI SHANTA CHHETRI:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Norwegian Prime Minister has pledged to work in cooperation with India on UN Security Council Reforms and Terrorism; and

(b) if so, the details thereof along with the details of agreements/MoUs exchanged between India and Norway during the visit?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) Yes.

(b) The Prime Minister of Norway, H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg visited India from 7-9 January 2019. During the visit, she had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister on 08 January 2019. The two leaders discussed the issue of reform of the United Nations including the UN Security Council and its expansion in both permanent and non-permanent seats. Norway agreed that India is a strong candidate for a permanent seat in a reformed Security Council. The two leaders strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to cooperate in combating international terrorism. They also urged the international community to work towards early finalization of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism mooted by India at the UN.

An MoU on India-Norway Ocean Dialogue was signed and exchanged during the visit.

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