Moldovan president on visit to Norway


Moldovan President Maia Sandu is on a state visit to the Kingdom of Norway on May 6-7 at the invitation of Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja. This is the first time that a Moldovan president has paid a state visit to Norway, the presidential press service has reported.

The official will also hold talks with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Speaker Masud Gharahkhani and members of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and defence.

Over the past two years, Norway has provided consistent support to the Republic of Moldova. Since the start of the war in Ukraine, through UN agencies and other international organisations, it has provided humanitarian support to help Ukrainian refugees and their host communities. Norway has also contributed funds to purchase natural gas and to support our war-affected economy.

In terms of economy, a year ago Moldova signed a free trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association, of which Norway is a member. The document, once ratified by Oslo, will open up new opportunities for Moldovan producers in a stable market with high purchasing power, while making our country more attractive to Norwegian investors.

As a sign of this growing bilateral relationship, Norway has announced that it will open a diplomatic office in Chisinau this summer.

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